Compton is a straight, wide road and an Anglo-Saxon civil boundary between the Domesday townships of Clifton and Sturston. Compton is not in Domesday. This suggests that there was no settlement there and the pre-existing linear feature was used as a convenient boundary. It was a completely separate place and not part of Ashbourne until 1873.
Compton is not only the name of a street but was originally the name of an area. The name Compton (Campdene) may go back to before the Conquest and might mean ‘the valley where a fight occurred’. In the period 875 to 925 Ashbourne was on the border between the areas controlled by the English and the Danes. Derby was taken by the English in 917. So a skirmish around Compton is quite possible.