Compton Castle, Marldon, Devon

Compton Castle, Marldon, Devon
Photograph taken 17 May 2004 © Mr Keith Mackenzie LRPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 100611

Joan daughter and heiress of William de Compton married Geoffrey Gilbert. He built this house in around 1320 as a manor house. It was extended in 1450 and extended and fortified around 1500. The main entrance has a portcullis and battlements to the high courtyard wall. It was the home of Sir Humphrey Gilbert the explorer and navigator who annexed Newfoundland in 1583. Sir Humphrey Gilbert was a half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. Compton was abandoned by the Gilbert family around 1750 and became a farm but it was bought back by them in the 20th century. It was thoroughly restored around 1930-55 and later passed into the care of the National Trust.

Location

Devon Marldon

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

house fortification defence Medieval (1066 - 1484)