Lincoln’s Inn Fields and the localities adjacent – their historical and topographical associations Charles William Heckethorn

A neighbour recently passed me a digital copy of the above book from 1896, around the time that the Fields became a public park.  It’s a wonderful period piece and well worth an idle browse with a cup of coffee.  The book also serves as a snapshot of the area only a few years before clearance  started for the Kingsway modernisation scheme.

The picture on the left is a view across the Fields looking West taken from a medal struck to commemorate the burning of Roman Catholic chapels in London in 1688.  I know little about Heckethorn – a quick search though suggests he was a late Victorian antiquarian author who wrote a popular series on secret societies.

There are several ways to read it from the American Libraries internet archive there’s a graphical copy here and you can read the full text here courtesy of Google’s digitisation project.


About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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