Welcome to the new website for the Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

We have a Facebook page too.

There is a useful history of Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the Camden Council website.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields is protected by Parliament in law – it’s worth a look at the Act especially if you are interested in organising an event – the legislation puts unusual restrictions on use of the Fields.

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Fire on Kingsway

IMG_8530There is a major fire on Kingsway underneath 45-49 Kingsway, Civil Aviation Authority House, formerly Space House, to some a modern architectural marvel.  The fire started at about 1330 apparently mildly (small amount of smoke coming from vent in pavement) and got much much worse over the following hours.  The electricity sub station for the area is to the rear of the building and the power was all off locally at about 1430.  The police have no cordoned off access to the Fields from the East as heavy smoke is drifting across Kingsway.  Many local offices have closed.

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AGM 2014 18:00 Thursday 5 June Royal College of Surgeons – Agenda and calling notice

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your continued support of FLIF.  It is much appreciated.

We are due our eighth AGM.  This will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons

Venue:             The AGM will be held in Committee Rooms 1 & 2 on the ground floor of the College

Date:                Thursday 5th June 2014

Time:               6.00pm start.

After the AGM there will be a short talk given by Peter Dodge on the very interesting subject of Lord Mansfield, a resident of Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Enclosed with this letter you will find the Agenda

Our constitution requires a number of other things.  At the AGM we will be electing officers and committee members therefore this letter is calling for nominations.  These must be made in writing, and sent to the Secretary at the address below, not less than 3 days before the AGM.  They need to be supported by the signature of two other members.

Also any resolutions may be proposed and I need to receive these beforehand, though of course no additional signatures are required.

You will be able to view a copy of the constitution on the FLIF website which can be found at   https://friendsoflincolnsinnfields.wordpress.com/

We very much hope to have the chance to see you on the evening.  If in the meantime I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Walter Hand

Secretary Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields


Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Annual General Meeting

6pm on Thursday 5th June 2014

Royal College of Surgeons

35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields



  1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the last General Meeting

3. Chairman’s report

4. Treasurers Report

5. Election of Committee Members

6. Date of first Committee meeting

After the AGM there will be  short talk given by Peter Dodge on the very interesting subject of Lord Mansfield, a resident of Lincoln’s Inn Fields

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Spring blossom and foliage in Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Beautiful Spring day in the Fields, thought i would share a gallery of the eclectic mix of blossom and new foliage in this wonderful space:

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post Holi celebrations in Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Paint throwing and general Krishna praising was in full swing on the Fields this afternoon a day or two after Holi day.  I hope they clear up the paint.  At the risk of being curmudgeonly this is probably in breach of local by-laws.

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Ladbrokes Kingsway armed robber pleads guilty

Police cordon Lincoln's Inn Fields

Readers will recall that an area of the Fields was cordoned off in November 2013 after an armed robbery at the Ladbrokes on Kingsway.  The robber was caught and entered a guilty plea.  The Islington Gazette says:

‘As Rossi made off, he dropped the shotgun twice and it discharged into the road. He also dropped the umbrella and black cable ties at the scene, which were later recovered by police.

Detectives from the Flying Squad identified Rossi on the CCTV at the bookmakers and arrested him later that day.’

Worth reading the newspaper coverage of the trial – startlingly bungled affair where the robber took off his balaclava in the shop to find his shotgun which he had hidden in an umbrella.  And then tried to get away on a bicycle apparently at the corner of the Fields, where police conducted an intensive search.

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Holborn Tube Station upgrade – not complete until 2022

TfL meeting papers for the December board (page 40) suggest that although Holborn’s importance in the tube network is recognised and upgrade work will go ahead, it won’t be complete until 2022.  This will be some 90 years after the station was last remodelled in 1933 as ‘Holborn (Kingsway)’ to create the current ticket hall and large escalator bank.  Let’s hope there isn’t a campaign to rename Holborn tube ‘MidTown’.

Future station capacity

Improvements and capacity enhancements are required at further Tube stations to ensure that the network continues to operate effectively and stations support local development. We will initially focus on Holborn and Camden Town, and have plans for further improvements to meet future demand and unlock growth in London’s Opportunity Areas, eg Kennington and Elephant & Castle.

Holborn provides a vital interchange between the Piccadilly and Central lines in the West End. However, demand for these lines is already so high; customers are often prevented from changing lines or are held outside to prevent the station becoming unsafe. The work will resolve these issues and allow the area to receive the full benefits of the Piccadilly line upgrade. By 2022, a new interchange link and a re-modelled ticket hall will reduce journey times, boost capacity and make the station step-free.

Thanks to IanVisits for alerting me to this, I site i can thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in London’s infrastructure.



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Time Team in Lincoln’s Inn Fields 2009

Time Team did a limited dig of Lincoln’s Inn and the Fields for a show transmitted in March 2009.  I stumbled across a copy of the show on YouTube (link to the start of the segment on the Fields 18 minutes in – embedded video below starts at beginning of show)

Also of interest is the post dig evaluation and write-up by Wessex Archaeology which contains a wealth of tiny details about the archaeology of the Fields.  What is interesting overall is that, despite the Fields being a large open site that hasn’t been heavily developed for 400 years, they didn’t turn up much archaeology.

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