Barnard's Inn Hall
Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)
Medium: Photographic print
"The Hall is said to have been built not later than 1450, but, as we now see it, it has of course undergone much alteration. It is remarkable as having preserved its louvre of lead of the time of Henry VIII, in its original condition. This is one of the few still remaining. Even after halls were furnished with fireplaces in the side walls, the practice was continued of kindling a fire on a hearth of tile or brick in the centre of the room, letting the smoke escape by a hole in the roof, over which was an erection to keep out the rain, with open sides - the louvre."
Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.