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 28th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Friday 28 Aug[ust]. The floor was put on the floor of the Study and the walls of the Court raised several feet above the Ground floor of the House

Between the fascia over the Kitchen window and the paving of the Area are four course[s] of stones in Height, the whole of the third and part of the fourth was completed this 29th Aug[ust].

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 28th 1812


Work has progressed rapidly at the back of the house. By this date the basement on the west side of the central courtyard was complete enabling the floor to be laid in the ‘Study’ (the Breakfast Room today). There is a slightly different story for the progress of work on the loggia at the front of the house. The putting in of the Portland blocks to form the loggia seems to have taken quite a time: later entries show that it was not until 8 September that the ground floor level was completed.