History & Heritage

Compton Valley Mill

Historically Compton Mill was a working Mill for the fortified manor house Compton Castle┬ájust up the road. The Castle has been inhabited by the Gilbert family for the majority of its lifetime since the 14th Century. Legend has it that Sir Walter Raleigh smoked the first pipe of tobacco in Britain while visiting Sir Humphrey Gilbert in the 1500’s.

Not much is know historically of Compton Mill but in recent history it was a working Asparagus farm until around a decade ago. Merion was looking for an exclusive location to start a nursery, and the fantastic setting created a wonderful opportunity.

There was lots of work to be done, the stream that ran to mill had to be diverted around the new area that was to be the nursery, the big barn had to be converted but eventually Compton Valley Nursery was born.

Over the years Merion and her team have continued to grow and develop the building and its services. The original building has been extended, offering more space for the children and allowing a better split of age groups, the nursery can now hold up to 52 children over three main spacious rooms.

Through careful planning all of the children’s rooms have their own access to a lovely outdoor area and are encouraged to mingle with all age ranges and all the staff.