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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1379316



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Camden

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 24-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 478692

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TQ3181SW LINCOLN'S INN 798-1/107/1045 (West side) 24/10/51 Old Hall and attached gateway, Old Square


Banqueting hall and attached gateway. Hall 1489-92, enlarged c1582-84 by Ralph Symons (surveyor), lengthened c1818-19 under the directions of Joseph and Francis Wigg, extensively restored by Sir John Simpson 1925-8. Gateway added 1926-8. Red brick with blue diapers and stone dressings. Tiled roof with tall brick stacks at either end and central C20 wooden louvred lantern with cupola and weathervane. EXTERIOR: single storey. Unusual in having 4 traceried bay-windows rising the height of the building, 1 at each end of east & west facade. Wall between on east and west facade buttressed with three 3-light traceried windows under 4-centred arches. On the east facade under the right window, a Tudor style entrance of moulded pointed arch having hoodmould with enriched spandrels and label stops. Embattled parapet. To the left, an attached gateway, with foot passage to left of main four centred vehicle arch with 6-light oriel window and small gable over. Inside the gateway a re-set C13 arch on shafts, with dog-tooth ornament, probably being from the wall-arcading of the north wall of the original C13 hall. INTERIOR: of hall has arch-braced roof with collar-beams, walls with linenfold panelling and, against the south wall, an oak screen made by Robert Linton (joiner) and installed 1624. Clock inserted 1819. HISTORICAL NOTE: The Society of Lincoln's Inn moved to this site in c1422 taking over the town house of the Bishops of Chichester who had been established here since c1227. The medieval buildings were gradually replaced; the earliest now surviving is the Old Hall. (Simpson JW Sir: Some Account of the Old Hall of Lincoln's Inn: Brighton: -1928; Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, Vol. 28: Summerson J Sir: The Old Hall of Lincoln's Inn: -1984: 8-22).

Listing NGR: TQ3103081395

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Simpson, JW , Some Account of the Old Hall of Lincolns Inn, (1928)
Summerson, J, 'Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society' in The Old Hall of Lincolns Inn, , Vol. 28, (1984), 8-22

National Grid Reference: TQ 31030 81395


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