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Compton Verney House
Grade I listed English country house in Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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Compton Verney House
Grade I listed English country house in Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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Compton Verney
Warwickshire
United Kingdom

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Like a lot of buildings in the UK, the Compton Verney place is OLD.

A manor was first built on this land as early as 1150, and it was used by the British Army during WWII. Since then, the plot passed through many hands until in 1993 when the dilapidated property was bought by millionaire Sir Peter Moores who turned into the art galleries we know and love today. The goal of these galleries is to focus on types of art that are not as represented in British museums,  such as folk art and Medieval Germanic art.

This is a great destination for nature lovers as well. There are over 120 acres of manicured gardens to take a stroll in and plenty of grassy areas to rest your bum after a day of strenuous art viewing. 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Compton Verney House

Compton Verney House (grid reference SP312529) is an 18th-century country mansion at Compton Verney near Kineton in Warwickshire, England, which has been converted to house the Compton Verney Art Gallery.

Overview

The building is a Grade I listed house built in 1714 by Richard Verney, 11th Baron Willoughby de Broke. It was first extensively extended by George Verney, 12th Baron Willoughby de Broke in the early 18th century and then remodelled and the interiors redesigned by Robert Adam for John Peyto-Verney, the 14th baron, in the 1760s. It is set in more than 120 acres (0.49 km2) of parkland landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown in 1769.

The house and its 5,079-acre (20.55 km2) estate was sold by Richard Greville Verney, the 19th baron, in 1921 to soap magnate Joseph Watson who was elevated to the peerage as 1st Baron Manton of Compton Verney only two months before his death in March 1922 from a heart attack whilst out hunting with the Warwickshire Foxhounds at nearby Upper Quinton. George Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton sold the property to Samuel Lamb. It was requisitioned by the Army during World War II and became vacant when the war ended.

In 1993 it was bought in a run-down state by the Peter Moores Foundation, a charity supporting music and the visual arts established by former Littlewoods chairman Sir Peter Moores. The property was restored to a gallery capable of hosting international exhibitions. Compton Verney Art Gallery is now run by Compton Verney House Trust, a registered charity.

The collections include Neapolitan art from 1600 to 1800; Northern European medieval art from 1450–1650; British portraits including paintings of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Edward VI and works by Joshua Reynolds; Chinese bronzes including objects from the Neolithic and Shang periods; British folk art; and the Enid Marx / Margaret Lambert Collection of folk art from around the world which inspired the textile designs of 20th century artist Enid Marx.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Compton Verney House.