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Compton Verney (Compton Murdak)  England 
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Circa Date: rebuilt in 1760s around earlier house

Status: Partially Extant

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
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District Today
 Historic County
 City / Town / Village

Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
rebuilt in 1760s around earlier house

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Designed   Alterations to House
Date   1855

Designed   West Range
Date   1714
Attribution of this work is uncertain.

Designed   West Front
Date   1714
Attribution of this work is uncertain.

Designed   Renovated parkland and garden
Date   circa 1765

Designed   Orangery, rebuilt north and south wings, added portico for Lord Willoughby de Broke
Date   circa 1761-67

Extant / Listed / References

Extant Type
Partially Extant
Extant Details

House Listed As 
Grade I
Gardens Listed As  
Grade II*
Country House:  Yes

Vitruvius Britannicus
C. V, pls. 43, 44. 1771.
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
2.S. Vol.II, p.7. 1855.
Country Life
XXXIV, 528 plan. 1913.
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Vol.IV. 1821.
Access / Ownership / Seat

Open to Public Please note: Houses listed as being open "By Appointment" are usually country house hotels, B&Bs, or schools.
Historic Houses Association Member
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
Fax Number

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Private Non-Profit
Primary Current Ownership Use
Current Ownership Use / Details
Owned by the Compton Verney House Trust and run as a museum and art center.

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
A Past Seat(s) of
John Verney, 15th century. John Peyto-Verney, Baron Willoughby de Broke, 18th century. Barons Willoughby de Broke here until 1921.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
House & Family History
The lands and manor of Compton Murdak were granted to John Verney, Dean of Lichfield (an ancestor of the Lords Willoughby de Broke) by Henry VI in 1440 and remained in the Verney family's ownership until sold in 1921 by the 19th Baron Willoughby de Broke. Compton Verney today is a Georgian Neoclassical house built around an existing Baroque house, with modern additions made to accommodate the art gallery. The House went through many ownerships in the 20th century, finally becoming semi-derelict in the 1980s and 90s. In 1993 Sir Peter Moores (whose fortune comes from the family firm of Littlewoods) purchased the property and spent £21 million converting the House into an art gallery. Sir Peter committed a total of £64 million to operate Compton Verney until 2007. The new Compton Verney Art Gallery was opened by Prince Charles on Mar 23, 2004.
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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Compton Verney today (2008) contains a fine collection of art formed by Sir Peter Moores, including Neapolitan painting (1600-1800), Northern European works of art (1450-1650), British portraits, British folk art, and Chinese bronzes. The latter features over 70 ritual vessels and other bronzes of the period 1300 BC - 100 AD. A recent acquisition, purchased from the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, is a Shang dynasty vessel (fang jia) decorated with the designs of an owl. Johann Zoffany’s "The Willoughby de Broke Family," which shows the family in the Breakfast Room at Compton Verney, was sold at Christie’s on Nov 17, 1989 for £3,080,000. The painting, formerly at Compton Verney, is now in the collection of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
Robert Adam designed the Orangery circa 1761-67.
Chapel & Church

Location for Movies / TV
"Flog It!" (2005 - TV BBC documentary series). "Flog It! Ten of the Best" (2008 - TV BBC documentary, episode 7, "Folk Art," touring the folk art collection).

Author   Sayer, Michael
Year Published   1993

Author   Colvin, Howard
Year Published   1995

Author   Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
Year Published   2001

Author   Gomme, Andor
Year Published   2000
Reference   pg. 261

Author   NA
Year Published   NA
Reference   May 2008, pg. 42

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