This was originally, from 1827, called Cross Street but in 1936 changed to its present name. It was named after the eccentric James Lackington (1746 – 1815), a once celebrated bookseller. He came to London in 1773 with very little money but within a year opened a small bookstall in Featherstone Street. His success continued and he eventually opened a shop, Temple of the Muses, which was said to be the largest and most extensive in London at the time, on the corner of Finsbury Pavement and Finsbury Square. The road was re-numbered in 1875.
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