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 19th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Wednesday 19 Aug. The carpenters began to put on the timbers of the Drawing Room floor which they completed in the course of the same day
(1 Week in building the Parlour floor)
 

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 19th 1812

Commentary

Soane's approving note of the time taken to lay the timbers for the floor of the Drawing Room (first floor) contrasts with that of the week taken to lay the  Parlour (ground) floor, with the work being completed inside one day.  His generous gift on Monday the 17th appears to have greatly encouraged productivity!