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.

September 23rd 1812

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23[r]d Sept[ember]. Mr Leverton called, surveyed the front and said there was nothing objectionable, was surprised at Kinnard’s interference and wished, if I had no objection, to speak to him on the subject. I begged Mr L. would not as I wished the Kinnards to proceed to the Quarter Sessions or do what they pleased. Mr Leverton’s opinion was similar with Mr Pilk[ington]’s and every other person I had spoke to on the subject, Kinnards (?son) excepted.

scan of sir john soane diary entry on September 23rd 1812


Thomas Leverton evidently saw no objection to the new projecting facade, but Kinnaird continued to object to it and, presumably, to orchestrate the attacks upon it which appeared in the Morning Post on September 30th (which referred to it as a new-fangled projection now erecting on the Holborn Side of that fine Square continuing This ridiculous piece of architecture destroys the uniformity of the row & is a palpable eye-sore) and again on October 2nd & 14th.