London Borough of Camden
Greater London England
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The Chapel of Lincoln's Inn was designed by Inigo Jones; the foundation stone was laid by John Donne in 1620. The restoration and extension of the building in 1685 was overseen by Sir Christopher Wren. The interior, in the gothic style, still has the original oak box pews, made by 'Pryce the Joyner', and an 18th century 'double-decker' pulpit. The chapel bell, tolled for half an hour whenever a Bencher (senior member of Lincoln's Inn) dies, is said to be the origin of Donne's famous line, " ... never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." The Chapel is built on pillars, under which is a crypt or undercroft; it has been used as a meeting place and burial ground from the beginnings of the Chapel's history. Some of the pillars still show clear marks of damage fromthe bomb which fell in nearby Stone Buildings during a Zeppelin air raid in 1915. The last Bencher was buried in the crypt on 15 May 1852.