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Stone Buildings are so called from the material with which they are constructed. They were constructed in accordance with an ultimately unrealised plan to rebuild Lincoln's Inn entirely in stone. Their construction was the initial step in that plan.
The working drawings were made by a young man called Leach, then a clerk in Taylor's office, who later became Master of the Rolls. Leach's drawings are preserved in the Library of Lincoln's Inn. Pitt's chambers appear to have been in Stone Buildings from December 1779. Canning's father was "for some time with a Serjeant Walker who then resided in Stone Buildings". The South end was added from 1844 to 1845 under the direction of Philip Hardwick.
Stone Buildings are situate parallel with the west side of Chancery Lane, and the western range of buildings faces the gardens of Lincoln's Inn and the square, with an oblong court between the two buildings. The Chancery Lane side is very plain, but the garden front consists of a rustic basement, with arcades and windows, at the north end of which is a wing consisting of six Corinthian pillars, which support an entablature and pediment. The cornice of the wing is continued through the whole length of the front, which terminates in a balustrade, but the two ranges of windows are entirely plain. The northern entrance is by handsome iron gates in Chancery Lane. The structure is not in keeping with the architecture of the other buildings; but, when viewed through the foliage of the garden, it has a very pleasing effect.
On 23 December 1790, by the violence of the wind at noon, the copper covering of the roof of the new buildings was blown off in one sheet, and hung over the front like a large carpet or mainsail. The noise occasioned by this accident made the neighbourhood conclude the building was falling down. Some of the plates composing this covering were torn off and carried into a yard in Holborn.
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The Library of Lincoln's Inn was located on the ground floor of this building from 1755. Samuel Ireland said that the valuable and extensive library was housed in an elegant suite of apartments, consisting of four rooms, three of which commanded a pleasant view of the gardens. In this collection (which included upwards of 8000 volumes) were many rare and valuable books, in the most perfect condition. The excellent order in which they were ranged, and the extreme neatness that prevailed throughout the apartments, reflected great honor on those who had the superintendence of them. There were two portraits in the principal apartment; that over the chimney-piece, to the left of the entrance, was well painted, and represented Sir Richard Rainsford, lord chief justice in the reign of Charles I.; the other, which hung between the windows, was a portrait of Sir John Franklin, master in ordinary of the court of chancery, who, by the inscription, appears to have died in 1707. There were, besides, some fine Italian drawings, and copies in miniature, of the celebrated Venus, by Titian, and other Italian masters. The second chamber contained some very good pictures; among which, that of the Virgin and Child appeared, in point of design, to possess no small degree of merit. Between the windows was a very singular three-quarter portrait, representing a handsome woman loosely attired, holding in her hand a bleeding heart, pierced through with a dart; in the back-ground were two small figures, representing Mars and Venus; applicable, no doubt, to the subject of the picture, which seemed very ancient, and was extremely dirty; unfortunately the name of the lady was not known. The drawings, in this apartment, were by the same Italian masters, as those he before noticed. In this room there were also two large globes, apparently of Elizabeth's time; they were so much defaced as to be perfectly useless by 1800. There was also a three-quarter portrait in the third chamber, of the famous judge Hales, who bequeathed to the honorable society all his valuable manuscripts; and, in the fourth apartment, hung a good picture of the late Lord Mansfield, chief justice of the King's Bench and five old pictures, on the subject of Christ at Emiaus. In an alcove, at the further end of this room, stood a beautiful marble bust of the great Cicero. There were also several pictures, of whose merit nothing could be ascertained, as they were totally obscured with dirt. The Library was removed from this building in 1845.
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Pitt the Younger had chambers here.
There is on the west front of 4 Stone Buildings, facing the garden and just outside the chambers formerly occupied by Pitt, a sundial bearing the inscription "Qua Redit Nescitis Horam", which means "you know not the hour in which he returns". This sundial previously stood on an old gable in Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn. It was put in its present place in 1794, during Pitt's Treasureship, at which time it was repainted and further inscribed "T. the Rt. hon.ble W.P." It was restored again in 1848. From the different situation of its plane, it only shows the hours from noon till night. During the Second World War, it only just avoided being destroyed by bombs which fell on Stone Buildings.
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|Headquarters||5 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, WC2A 3XT|
|No. of lawyers||24|
|Major practice areas||Chancery, Property and Commercial Practice|
5 Stone Buildings is a barristers’ set situated at Lincoln's Inn, London. It currently comprises 24 members, of whom five are Queen's Counsel, whose specialisations include private client, estate planning, tax, probate disputes, partnership, property litigation, professional negligence, pensions and other chancery related commercial matters.
The chambers are ranked highly in the legal directories such as Chambers and Partners. Over three quarters of its members over 10 years call are also recommended practitioners by Chambers and Partners in their specific fields.
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|Headquarters||9 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, WC2A 3XT|
|No. of lawyers||21|
|Major practice areas||Commercial, Chancery, Insolvency, Banking and Finance, Property, International Law|
9 Stone Buildings is a leading commercial chancery barristers’ set and one of the oldest established chambers in Lincolns Inn with a history dating back to 1893. Currently the set consists of 21 members including 2 Queen's Counsel.Edward Denehan is the Head of Chambers.
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11 Stone Buildings
|Headquarters||11 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London WC2A 3TG, UK|
|No. of offices||1|
|No. of lawyers||42|
|No. of employees||16|
|Major practice areas||Commercial, insolvency, company, civil fraud, professional negligence, banking & finance, real estate disputes|
|Key people||Edward Cohen (Head of Chambers), Michael Couling (Chambers Director)|
11 Stone Buildings is a leading set of commercial / chancery barristers based in London, UK. They practice commercial law with specialist groups for all types of contract, company, insolvency, banking & finance and real estate disputes. They act as advocates, advisers, arbitrators and mediators for law firms, for in-house legal departments and for licensed and public access clients. They are also members of the ADR Group, the alternative dispute resolution network. Currently the set consists of 42 members including 4 Queen's Counsel. Head of Chambers is Edward Cohen and Chambers Director is Michael Couling.
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