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 8th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Tuesday 8 Sept[ember]. The Carpenters began setting the horses for the first landing in the front / Mr Kinnard sent his notice of the building being against the regulations of the Building Act. Answered his letter

scan of sir john soane diary entry on September 8th 1812

Commentary

It was on this date, with the loggia only constructed up to the top of the ground floor, that Soane first received notice of the building being against the regulations of the Building Act from William Kinnard, the District Surveyor. Soane's diary records that on the same day Mr. Pilkington & Mr. Tyndale called in the Evening & talked over Kinnards letter. William Pilkington later wrote a letter to Soane dated 3 October in support of the loggia (Soane Archive 7/5). The reference to ‘horses’ is to timber supports over which stonework could then be constructed: these were built by men working for Richard Martyr, Soane’s carpenter. His bill in the Soane Archive includes an item for 12 September: ‘setting Horses for Masons at New Building’.