The house from an early 20th century postcard
Built / Designed For: Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton
House & Family History: In 1574 Henry, Lord Compton (whose other seat was Compton Wynyates), started building Castle Ashby. The Comptons were part of the early 17th century circle of power families; they entertained King James I at Castle Ashby in 1605, 1612, and 1616.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Castle Ashby Estate today encompasses approximately 10,000 acres.
Architect: John JohnsonDate: 1771-72
Architect: Charles Heathchote TathamDate: 1807
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. III, pl. 8, 1725.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 25, 1854.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III, 1820.
Country Life: XIV, 470, 1903. LX, 422 plan, 462, 901 [Furniture], 1926. LXI, 925 [Pictures], 1927.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 953
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
Title: Compton Wynyates Guidebook
Year Published: NA
Reference: pg. 4
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
Author: Sayer, Michael
Year Published: 1993
Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade I
Current Seat / Home of: Spencer Douglas David Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton
Past Seat / Home of: Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton, 1577-89; William Compton, 2nd Baron Compton and 1st Earl of Northampton, 1589-1618; Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton, 1618-43; James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton, 1643-81; George Compton, 4th Earl of Northampton, 1681-1727; James Compton, 5th Earl of Northampton, 1727-54; George Compton, 6th Earl of Northampton, 1754-58; Charles Compton, 7th Earl of Northampton, 1758-63; Spencer Compton, 8th Earl of Northampton, 1763-96; Charles Compton, 9th Earl of Northampton and 1st Marquess of Northampton, 1796-1828; Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton, 1828-51; Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton, 1851-77; William Compton, 4th Marquess of Northampton, 1877-97; William George Spencer Scott Compton, 5th Marquess of Northampton, 1897-1913; William Bingham Compton, 6th Marquess of Northampton, 1913-78.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home