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 24th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Monday 24th Aug. Struck scaffold. in front for the Masons to begin.
Began laying the foundation of the Butler’s Room and the Bath.

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 24th 1812


This note refers to the taking down, or ‘striking’, of the first scaffold, which enabled the bricklayers to build the main front wall of the house in brick. This was taken down so that the stonemasons could begin to build the projecting loggia (or facade) in Portland stone.  The second half of the entry references work beginning on the new buildings on the west side of the No. 13 central courtyard, where a Butler's Pantry and servants’ bath were to be constructed below what is today the Breakfast Room.