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Compton Park House, Compton Chamberlayne

Description: Compton Park House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 March 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 320722

OS Grid Reference: SU0292230117
OS Grid Coordinates: 402922, 130117
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0704, -1.9597

Location: Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire SP3 5DE

Locality: Compton Chamberlayne
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP3 5DE

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Listing Text

(west side)

1/136 Compton Park House



Country house. C17, rebuilt late C18 by Charles Penruddocke.
Dressed limestone, Welsh slate roofs, rendered stacks. Two-
storey, 7-window symmetrical east front. Square stone porch with
castellated parapet and Tudor-arched doorway, C20 door, three
Venetian sash windows either side, first floor has seven 12-pane
sashes, good lead rainwater goods, moulded cornice to battlemented
parapet. Left return has two sashes to ground and first floors
and one 9-pane sash to second floor. Right return has two sashes
to ground and first floors; no attic. Courtyard on north side
has sashes on all three elevations to ground, first and second
floors, north-facing elevation has low Tudor-arched blocked doorway
to left. South side has staggered elevations of rear wings;
glazed door with St Andrews crosses to glazing bars and pediment on
consoles, 12-pane sashes to south side of wing to right, west gable
end of this wing has rainwater head dated 1780 and C17 two-light
ovolo-mullioned casements to ground, first and second floors, 3-
light mullioned casement to attic, tripartite sash to left. Two-
storey rear wing to left has 12-pane sashes to ground and first
floors, attached 3-bay loggia with double chamfered pointed arches
to left. Rear has 6-panelled doors and sashes, buttress with
offset to left, attached rear offices and staff accommodation in
picturesque late C18 two-storey blocks with sashes and battlemented
parapets. Interior: entrance hall with coved ceiling, bolection-
moulded fireplace, pairs of 2-panelled doors. Drawing room to
left, of c1700 with full panelling and rich carved decoration
especially to door architraves and overmantel in Grinling Gibbons
tradition, fine plaster ceiling and marble bolection-moulded
fireplace, plaster swags over windows, broken segmental pediments
over doors with Penruddocke Arms. Dining room to right of hall,
in 1780s addition, has fine Adam-style plaster ceiling and
fireplace, good door has fluted panels with paterae. Large stair
hall with good open-well stairs with two barleytwist balusters per
open string tread, carved tread-ends, wide moulded, ramped
handrail; probably early C18. Rear breakfast room with shallow
barrel-vaulted ceiling, newel wooden stairs at rear, lit by
mullioned casements. Small sitting room at south end has full
raised panelling, eared fireplace surround with pulvinated frieze,
plaster ceiling with scrolled ornament. House acquired by Edward
Penruddocke c1600, refitted late C17 and externally rebuilt 1780 by
Charles Penruddocke; the family were prominent Royalists during
the Civil War. Set in fine parkland with landscaped lake.
(Country Life, August 13th, 1910; N. Pevsner, The Buildings of
England, Wiltshire, 1975)

Listing NGR: SU0292230117

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Source: English Heritage

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