Shute Barton

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameShute Barton
Alternative NamesOld Shute House; Shoute
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishShute

Lightly fortified house.

Survival of a substantial medieval manor house. Built partly circa 1380 by Sir William Bonville, Sheriff of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. The extensions of late C15 by the Greys, the Marquesses of Dorset and of the late C16 were largely demolished in 1785 when Sir John Pole built Shute House. Large stone rubble house with slate roofs and embattled parapets. U-shaped on plan arranged around a courtyard. Three and two storey ranges. The original south east wing of circa 1380 has the kitchen on the ground floor with hall above. The north east wing is of circa late C15 with a polygonal stair turret at the north end and buttressed on the north east side when extensions were demolished in 1785. The south west two storey gatehouse wing was built or much altered in C15 and forms the third side of the courtyard. The square tower on the south east side of the southeast wing is probably part of the late C15 additions, although the windows are C16 and C17. Most of the other windows are of C15, C16 and C17. (Listed Building Report)

Shoute, a right goodly maner place, a mile of on an hills side of the Lord Marquise of Dorsete, and by it a goodly large parke. (Leland)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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  • Cooper, Nicholas, 2011, 'Shute Barton, Devonshire' in Airs, M. and Barnwell, P.S. (eds), The Medieval Great House (Donington: Shaun Tyas) p. 141-151
  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) p. 458
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  • Salter, Mike, 1999, The Castles of Devon and Cornwall (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 87 (slight)
  • Cooper, Nicholas, 1999, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 (Yale University Press) passim
  • Hoskins, W.G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon (London: Collins) p. 476
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1952, Buildings of England: South Devon p. 259-60
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 356 online copy
  • Polwhele, R., 1797, Historical Views of Devonshire Vol. ? p. 315


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 123
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 241 online copy


  • Seymour, D.J., 1955, 'The smaller manor houses of medieval Devon' Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society Vol. 12.1 p. 14
  • Hussey, Christopher, 1951 Feb 2 and 9, Country Life Vol. 109 p. 326-30, 398-401
  • 1927, 'Old Shute House' Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society Vol. 73.1 p. 37-8
  • Jewers, A.J., 1901, 'The churches of Colyton and Shute, and the Pole monuments there' Transactions of the Devonshire Association Vol. 33 p. 714- online copy

Guide Books

  • 1996, Shute Barton: Leaflet (National Trust)