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Entrance to Lincolns Inn and the Gateway to S. Bartholomews hospital

Entrance to Lincolns Inn and the Gateway to S. Bartholomews hospital

The gate shown in the photograph (left) is that on the Fields side of Lincoln's Inn, and though a fair example of restored Tudor workmanship, has neither the antiquity nor the beauty of Sir Thomas Lowell's Gate on the Chancery Lane side - on which Ben Jonson is said to have laboured as a bricklayer. St. Bartholomew's Hospital of which the long front, with its fine central gateway (right) faces Smithfield Market Place, is the oldest hospital in London, the original foundation being that of Rahere, that courtier of King Henry I whose own escape from death by sickness turned his thoughts in this philanthropic direction. The gateway itself dates from 1702. Milton's "pretty garden house" at Aldersgate was close to S. Bart's.

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