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The Romance of Lincoln's Inn Fields and Its Neighbourhood - Edwin Beresford Chancellor

Richards, 0, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine. Edges of the text block tanned, some leaves roughly opened.

With 16 illustrations. From the preface: “IN this book I have endeavoured to reconstruct the past annals of an area which is second to none in interest, and which has numbered among its residents many of the most notable men and women of three centuries and more. Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with its innumerable memories, forms the cloud of that portion of London embraced between Holborn and the Strand, Drury Lane and Chancery Lane. Few parts of the metropolis have undergone such drastic reconstruction as has this area. The erection of the Law Courts, the obliteration of Clare Market and its purlieus, the formation of Kingsway and Aldwych, to say nothing of minor changes, have so completely changed much of its appearance that the destruction or truncation of old streets has been among the least of these great alterations. Three old inns of Chancery Lane have disappeared, theatres have gone, and innumerable landmarks in many cases associated with famous figures are no more, in consequence of the changes made necessary by increase of population and still more on hygienic grounds. Here and there we may justly bemoan the fate of such things as, for instance, when it was decided to demolish a considerable slice of the west side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and to pull down the beautiful and memorable houses in Great Queen Street, which Webb had designed, and which had boasted so many notable occupants.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 318

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