The Manor House at Compton Wynyates
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil on paper
This delicate pencil drawing is of Compton Wynyates seen from the grounds.
Of all Tudor manor houses, Compton Wynyates is without doubt one of the finest.
It was built between 1481 and 1515 by Edmund Compton and his son, Sir William Compton. Sir William was a close friend of Henry VIII who often stayed at the house; Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I also visited. The Comptons, who had risen in status to become Earls of Northampton, were staunch Royalists. This resulted in the house being captured by Protestant Roundheads after a two-day siege in 1644. The exterior of the house is characterised by an unusual pink brick facade surmounted with numerous tall, twisting chimneys. The interior boasts plaster ceilings, panelled rooms and Victorian "pseudo-Gothic" windows. A moat originally encircled the property.