There are numerous places of deep historical significance only a short stroll away from the diamond quarter of Hatton Garden in London. Lincoln’s Inn Fields is one such place.
London has many elegant squares and Lincoln’s Inn Fields is actually the largest public square in the capital. The square has a rich and varied history. The Square was witness to the public beheading of Lord William Russell, son of the first Duke of Bedford. He had been found guilty of conspiring in the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II.
Did you know that various parts of the Inn were damaged following bombing raids during the second World War? The Stone Buildings, Old Buildings, the Chapel and Old Hall all had to be extensively repaired in the post war reconstruction.
If you visit Lincoln Inn Fields make sure you pay a visit to the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College Surgeons (located at the south side of the square) if only to remind you how good modern life is with our medical science.
Lincoln’s Inn is actually just one of four of the London Inns of Court (the others being Gray’s Inn, Middle Temple and Inner Temple) that developed as educational establishments in which young apprentices could study law. Famous past members of Lincoln’s Inn include Thomas More, Oliver Cromwell, Pitt the Younger, Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, Margaret Thatcher and more recently Tony Blair.
A visit to Lincoln Inn Fields is an ideal way to spend time either before or after a shopping trip to the friendly jewellery retailers in London’s diamond quarter of Hatton Garden.