An urban view — 02 July 2013

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building which you might have passed without noticing.

This is reputed to be the smallest listed building in London.

Having trawled through English Heritage’s comprehensive database of listed buildings I can find no record to substantiate that this is the case.

Behind its grand 18th century façades just off the largest square in London – which just happens to be the same dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Gaza – are the Oxbridge-style courtyard gardens of Lincoln’s Inn which have inspired some of literature’s greatest works; Dickens’ scabrous attack on the English legal system in Bleak House, and the first ever performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream took place in its gardens.

Ostler's hut detailThe Chapel of Lincoln’s Inn was the drop-in and drop-off clinic of the Georgian era for mothers too poor to look after their newborn babies. Every child was then officially adopted by the chapel, cared for until adulthood, and all children were given the surname Lincoln.

Situated in Lincoln’s Inn is the Ostler’s Hut built in 1860 for the man attending to law students’ horses while they worked. But within a short time the advent of the motor car just a few years later, he was soon out of a job and the building was never used again.

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