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 3rd 1812

Transcription & Scan

Aug. 3 Began to trench for the back front wall of house

Aug. 3 Called on Mr Domville with Mr Tyndale, met Mr Long and settled for me to build the party wall and leave a small ch[imne]y of about 1’10’’ in the front Chamber and another in the Attic, and also to give up the site of the half party and to be allowed £160. Signed a memorandum to that effect as did Mr. Long on the part of Mr. Moysey.

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 3rd 1812

Commentary

The first entry, for Monday August 3rd, refers to the digging of a trench for the foundations for the main back wall of the house – the beginning of construction proper. Soane is still at this point completing the legal details of the rebuilding – a theme that will run throughout his diary and beyond. The reference to the chimney refers to the front room on the Chamber, or second, floor.