LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS
Lincoln's Inn Fields form the largest square in London. They were much frequented by bad characters before they were enclosed in 1735; but other times other manners, and now the whole district is chiefly identified with the professional representatives of the law. The London County Council has lately purchased the well-timbered garden and thrown it open to the public-a boon much appreciated by the children of neighbouring slums. To the left of our picture is the handsome red-brick Hall of Lincoln's Inn, the third in dignity of the great Inns of Court, named after a house of the Earl of Lincoln; and in the distance is seen the rear of the Law Courts. In this square are situated the Royal College of Surgeons and Sir John Soane's Museum.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896