The 61 drawings catalogued here include early designs for minor alterations and a bridge, followed by a substantial number of designs and working drawings for the new two-storey offices that were built as a separate block connected to the house by three link passages. The plan of the offices is unusual, being a square block with cut-off corners and two projecting, D-shaped extensions for the larder and dairy. Following these are further designs for more substantial alterations to the house, including the new library and staircase, and finally drawings for a Doric portico, a verandah, new stables and an unidentified building - possibly a coach house.
Albury Park was altered by Hakewill and then by Pugin from 1846 to 1852, and more recently has been converted into 11 luxury apartments by Michael Wilson Restorations. Soane's cantilevered staircase survives, as do two drawing rooms. According to John Harris, two Coade stone capitals in the gardens come from Soane's portico (Pevsner, p. 94).
I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Surrey, 2nd ed., 1971, pp. 93-94; G. Darley, John Soane: An Accidental Romantic, 1999, pp. 177 & 214; P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the Country Estate, 1999, pp. 188-89; <www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-288274-albury-park- albury-surrey>
Tom Drysdale, February 2015
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 Albury Park, Guildford, Surrey: alterations and additions for Samuel Thornton, 1800-10 (61)
- Designs for minor alterations, additions and a bridge, December 1800, unexecuted (6)
- Designs (plans) for new offices and alterations to the house, December 1801-January 1802 (15)
- Designs (elevations and sections) for new offices and alterations to the house, January 1802 (8)
- Further designs for new offices and alterations to the house, February 1802 (10)
- Designs and working drawings for the new offices, April 1802-January 1803 (10)
- Designs for the portico, stables and other unidentified outbuildings, May 1803-March 1809 (12)