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Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

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Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London. It was laid out in the 1630s under the initiative of the speculative builder and contractor William Newton, "the first in a long series of entrepreneurs who took a hand in developing London", as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner observes. The original plan for "laying out and planting" these fields, drawn by the hand of Inigo Jones, was said still to be seen in Lord Pembroke's collection at Wilton House in the 19th century, but is untraced. The grounds, which had remained private property, were acquired by London County Council in 1895. It is today managed by the London Borough of Camden and forms part of the southern boundary of that borough with the City of Westminster.Lincoln's Inn Fields takes its name from the adjacent Lincoln's Inn, of which the private gardens are separated from the Fields by a perimeter wall and a large gatehouse.The grassed area in the centre of the Fields contains a court for tennis and netball and a bandstand. It was previously used for corporate events, which are no longer permitted. Cricket and other sports are thought to have been played here in the 18th century.
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  • July 25, 2017
    My wife and I watched a TV program called "The Halcyon", about a hotel in London during WWll. The show only lasted one season, but we were curious as to the building in which the show was set - what b...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    A short walk from Holborn station, Lincoln's Inn Fields was nice to sit & enjoy the quiet of the mornings with a coffee, book & a croissant in hand. Try the coffee & croissants from the cafe in the pa...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Just off the Inns of Court lies Lincoln's Inn Fields. So peaceful and calm and shady and green. People of all ages gathering to enjoy the quiet time of lunch or napping or reading or daydreaming or ta...  more »

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