Up Marden, a mile to the East of Compton village, has neither a pub, shop nor bus. Here stands the church of St Michael noted in Simon Jenkins's England's 1000 best Churches', and voted in 2013 by the National Churches Trust as one of sixty favourite churches.
The remainder of the village is a close knit community of private and rented homes and farms.
The village maintains close links with Compton and local government is served by Compton Parish Council
The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.