The House from a 1905 postcard
House & Family History: Compton Place is a house of 10 bays and two stories with a bay window on the garden facade. The core is Jacobean, or possibly earlier; the exterior was remodeled circa 1730 and again in 1800; the last rebuilding left Compton Place with its current exterior. The highlight is the State Bedroom, with its fantastic over-the-top stucco ceiling designed in 1728 by Charles Stanley. In 1724 Bourne Place was purchased by The Hon. Spencer Compton and renamed Compton Place. King George V and Queen Mary stayed here in 1935 and, in 1949, Princess Margaret was a guest at the House. The 10th Duke of Devonshire died at Compton Place in 1950. Since 1954 the House has been occupied by a school.
Collections: At the Chatsworth Attic Sale held by Sotheby's October 5-7, 2010, a late 18th century Italian carved white marble athenienne formerly at Compton Place sold for £54,050, against a high estimate of £40,000. The athenienne is over four feet high and is based on a late 18th century Piranesi etching of a marble tripod in the Capitoline Museum, Rome.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Stables and coach houses are Grade I-listed.
Country Life: XL, 266, 294, 1916. LXXVII, 144, 1935. CXIII, 734, 818, 1953.
Title: Sotheby's Auction Catalog: Chatsworth: The Attic Sale, Oct 5-7, 2010
Year Published: 2010
Reference: pg. 214
Publisher: London: Sotheby's
Book Type: Softback
Title: Counting My Chickens and Other Home Thoughts
Author: Devonshire, Deborah
Year Published: 2001
Reference: pg. 89
Publisher: Gloucestershire: Long Barn Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
Year Published: 1973
Reference: pg. 485
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Sir Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, 18th century; James Compton, 5th Earl of Northampton, 18th century. Lord George Cavendish, later Earl of Burlington, 19th century; Cavendish family here from 1858 until 1954.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Compton Place is owned by the Duke of Devonshire and leased to Language Training Centres, who operate the House as LTC Eastbourne.