By: Blonde One

It’s fascinating what you find on your doorstep isn’t it? I’ve just been for a little wander around the lanes of the area where I live and discovered something that I think I was only vaguely aware of and certainly didn’t know anything about. Compton Castle sits tucked away in between Newton Abbot and Torquay and unless you go looking for it, it would be difficult to stumble across. However, I did just that and stumbled across it when I was out for a little walk. It was closed to the public on this particular day but the sign on the gate informed me that it is open some of the time to welcome visitors. I have put it on the ‘To Do’ list!

Obviously when I got home I looked it up and found out that this National Trust property is actually still a family residence. Someone from the Gilbert family have resided here since 1329. It fell to ruin for various reasons in the 1800’s and was started to be restored in 1931.

It seems that the Gilbert men are very important to our history as in 1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert colonised Newfoundland on behalf of her majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Two years later Sir Walter Raleigh (his half brother) began plans to create a colony in North Carolina.

More recent history includes the fact that it was used as a setting for the 1995 production of Sense and Sensibility.

I’m looking forward to going back when it’s open to explore further.