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 4th 1812

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4 At 9 o’c. began to lay bricks
Payne Speak abt. girders
Mr Tyndale / Agreement with Mr Moysey
Leave to (?turn) vaults if under part of the footway
Aug. 4 Tuesday cont[inued]. It began to rain before dinner. Nothing done afterwards

scan of sir john soane diary entry on August 4th 1812


At nine o'clock, the builders were able to begin laying bricks on site giving a real sense of progress, that what somewhat hampered by the mention of rain, which began to fall shortly before dinner and prevented any further work that day.  It would not be the last time that the unpredictable British "summer" would hamper works!

These notes refer to Soane speaking to his supervisor on site, Walter Payne, abt. girders, giving some attention to Mr. Tyndale and the No. 14 party wall agreement with Mr. Moysey and making a note about work to the vaults (the cellars in the front area). The reference to ‘leave to turn vaults’ may refer to permission to arch the ceilings of the vaults if they are under the pavement (the cellars as built are not arched).