original diary cover

Soane kept a notebook during the building of Number 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, now his Museum. We will be publishing the entries day by day to mark the 200th anniversary of this build - follow this link for more details.

August 10th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Monday 10 Aug[ust]. 1812 Laid the plates in the walls of the front room (Hall floor) and the great Beams in the same room running from North to South 14 in. by w. and trussed with iron 2¼ by-

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 10th 1812


This entry refers to work on what is now the Library-Dining Room of No.13 (that is the front room on the ground or Hall floor - see plan below), one of the most striking of the rooms built by Soane.  The beams are the great timbers of the front kitchen ceiling, forming the support for the Library-Dining Room floor. Their measurement is not given in Soane's notes.

Plan of 12-14 Lincoln's Inn Fields showing the drawing room

Plan of 12-14 Lincoln's Inn Fields c.1822, highlighting the Library-Dining Room