Portpool
   1) A manor near Holborn and St. Pancras forming one of the prebends of St Paul's Cathedral, and frequently referred to in early records.
   First mention: " Purtepol," 4 John (Ft. of Fines, Case 146, File 2, 23).
   In an I. p.m. 1 Ed. II. the extent of the manor taken on the death of Reginald de Grey is set out, consisting of lands and messuages in the suburb of London.
   It is described as in the parish of St. Andrew Holborn in 22 H. VII. (Cal. L. and M. F. of Fines, II. 14).
   From the descent of the manor it appears to include what was later known as Gray's Inn, although the original manor of Portpool may have been somewhat more extensive. It therefore lies outside the scope of this work, and its history cannot be given here in any detail.
   The prebend still exists in St. Paul's Cathedral, but the corpus was surrendered years ago for a money payment.
   The rights of the manor survived within the "precinct of Portpool," which existed until all these privileged areas were swept away in the 18th century.
   2) Bar of Portpool
   See Holborn Bars.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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