Day 56 of 366: Under the Arches

It was another great evening spent wandering around evening London in a great company of my photographer friend Sue Fernandez.

Lincoln’s Inn is just around the corner from the Royal Courts of Justice, and it is here that John Donne’s famous bell tolls. The Lincoln Inn’s Chapel, built on a distinctive fan-vaulted undercroft, is said to have a bell that dates from 1596.

In addition to ringing for curfew at nine o’clock each evening, it is also tolled by ancient custom at midday on the death of a bencher of the Inn, a practice long held to be the inspiration for the quotation from John Donne’s poem:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Under the Arches

Lincoln’s Inn is a hidden gem. It is a tranquil area of quiet squares and streets, a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle outside its walls.