London Parks & Gardens Trust

The Jubilee Walkway - Western Loop

Lincoln's Inn Fields

Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Directions

From the Maughan Library, cross Chancery Lane and turn into Carey Street, nearly opposite. Turn right into Serle Street at the end of which you find yourself in the corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Description

Lincoln's Inn Fields is London's largest garden square, but was once open fields and the site of duelling, jousting and occasional public execution. In the C17th building development began here, and part of the fields were built over, with part laid out with walks. In a bad state by early C18th, Lincoln's Inn Fields was formally laid out as a garden in 1735 and enclosed, ceasing to be publicly accessible. In 1894 the LCC took on responsibility through Act of Parliament and Lincoln's Inn Fields opened to the public, with provision for recreation such as tennis, golf and band concerts. The layout today is largely that of the early C19th with perimeter shrubbery and path, scattered trees, lawns, areas of bedding, and crossed by cruciform paths with an octagonal pavilion in the centre. There are a number of memorials and sculptures in and near the gardens.