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 18th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Tuesday 18 Aug. In the evening the brickwork was completed, except two small parts in the staircase, ready for the plates under the floor of [the] Drawing Room

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 18th 1812

Commentary

Work appears to have progressed to Soane's satisfaction - at least there are no complaints at his workmen having overdone the previous day's celebrations.  The drawing rooms referred to here are on the first floor, the present day North and South Drawing Rooms, so the building is really beginning to take shape.