Soane was preceded at Port Eliot by Humphry Repton who produced one of his Red Books for Port Eliot in 1792. He argued strongly for linking the church with the house. An idea not taken up by Soane. His initial design was for a new west front that would open on to an axis ending at the east end of the house. This would have involved the demolition of the old gallery wing and Lord Eliot would not permit this so that, in the end, Soane's work was, except for minor changes to windows, largely internal. The enfilade, the finishing of the circular drawing room and of the eating room, the re-design of the library, new stairs and top lighting were among Soane's achievements.
Other works done for the Eliot family are: alterations to Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, 1799 (q.v.) and alterations to 33 St James's Square, London 1805 (q.v.).
P.Beacham and N.Pevsner, 'Cornwall', 2014, pp.542-9
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Port Eliot, St German's, Cornwall: remodelling of interior and designs for new stables for 2nd Lord Eliot, 1804-6 (97 )
- Sketch survey drawings, September 1804 (46)
- Survey drawings, October 1804 (9)
- Designs for alterations, November 1804 (8 )
- Perspective designs for house and church (4)
- Working drawings for stairs, March 1805 (5)
- Designs and working drawings for fitting out library and circular drawinng room, 1805 (7)
- Designs and working drawings for fitting out library and drawing room, 1806 (8 )
- Designs for stables