This was from 1827 called Cross Street but in 1936 changed to its present name after the eccentric James Lackington (1746 – 1815), a once-celebrated bookseller. Lackington 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 renumbered in 1875.
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