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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Inn (Anglo-Saxon).
Chamber; originally applied to a mansion, like the French hôtel. Hence Clifford’s Inn, once the mansion of De Clifford; Lincoln’s Inn, the mansion of the Earls of Lincoln; Gray’s Inn, that of the Lords Gray, etc.   1
“Now, whenas Phœbus, with his fiery waine,
Unto his inne began to draw apace.”
Spenser: Faërie Queene, vi. 3.

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