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 26th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Wednesday 26 - Masons making Scaffold etc. in front and ¼ before 3 the first stone, being at the East corner, was set

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 26th 1812

Commentary

The masons have begun work on the projecting loggia, laying the first Portland stone block in the afternoon, having first erected their masonry scaffolding.  The most visible, and for Soane problematic, element of the build was finally under way.