Lincoln’s Inn

Pictured: entrance to Lincoln’s Inn Chapel, where the service for yesterday’s Call Day was held.

In December 2014, Claire Tomalin wrote about Lincoln’s Inn Fields:

“The largest, airiest square in London, laid out from agricultural fields next to Lincoln’s Inn in the 1630s, it still has one of the original buildings, Lindsey House, built in 1640. During the Commonwealth period John Milton inhabited a small house backing on to the Fields. The Restoration brought a theatre, run by William Davenant, who claimed to be not only the godson but the son of Shakespeare: Samuel Pepys saw Twelfth Night and Hamlet acted there, and recorded many pleasant walks in the Fields with his wife and friends. After the Great Fire, Londoners were allowed to stack their goods in the Fields. In May 1670 Nell Gwynne, living on the square, gave birth to a son by Charles II: he raised the boy to a dukedom. And in 1683 Lord William Russell, who plotted against the king, was beheaded in the middle of the square. The turnstiles in the two lanes into Holborn were there to stop the cattle grazing in the Fields from straying. Sheltering trees attracted homeless people, and muggers too. Railings were put up in 1735, removed in the second world war and not replaced until 1992.“.

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