Lincoln's Inn, London
The Great Hall and Library, shown here, were built in 1845 although the Old Hall, next to the Chapel, is 15th century.
The exact origins of Lincoln's Inn, and indeed of the other three Inns of Court, are not fully known. The extant records of Lincoln's Inn open in 1422, the earliest of any of the Inns of Court and it is likely that it evolved during the late part of the fourteenth century. In contrast to many of the colleges of Oxford or Cambridge, which it resembles, there was no conscious founding or dated charter.
The 17th century Chapel Undercroft.
The first mention of a Chapel in the records of the Inn is in 1428 but in the early 17th century it became too small and required repair. In 1608 the building of a new Chapel was mentioned and in 1620 the foundation stone was laid and building began.
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London and is adjacent to Lincoln's Inn. We found it to be a very pleasant space. A haven of tranquility from the noise and bustle of London.
In the square around the gardens is the Sir John Soane Museum and admission is free.
Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art and he determined to establish the house as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' should have access.