Stone Barton Manor House

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameStone Barton Manor House
Alternative NamesStayne
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishChulmleigh

House, possibly late medieval in origin, remodelled in C17 and considerably altered in the late C19. Two storeyed, built of stone rubble with a slate roof. Originally a three-room and cross-passage plan, but much altered. Former cider house to right, converted in C20 to form part of the residence. Possibly on the site of, or incorporating part of, a medieval manor house. (PastScape)

Stone Barton supposed remains of manor house (OS) appears to be of 19th century construction but probably on same site as earlier house. Some of the farm outbuildings particularly the barn are 17th century. Manorial status accorded the site is presumably a continuation or possibly confusion with the nearby castle or fortified manor house site. Stone Barton appears in documentary evidence illustrating decreasing farm labour during the 19th century (Bromley). Stone is mentioned in various 13th and 14th century documents including the Testa de Nevill of 1243 (Reichel)). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Quite what the relationship between the two sites; Stone Barton Manor House and Stone Barton Ringwork is is unclear. Gatehouse suspects that this was one larger site in the middle ages which has been reduced in size since then. It seems likely that this manor house would have had some fortifications but to what extent is unknown.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSS713139
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  • Higham, Robert A., 1999, 'Castles, Fortified Houses and Fortified Towns in the Middle Ages' in Kain, R. and Ravenhill, W., Historical Atlas of South-West England (University of Exeter Press) p. 136-43
  • Salter, Mike, 1999, The Castles of Devon and Cornwall (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 87 (slight)


  • Higham, R.A., 1988, 'Devon Castles: an annotated list' Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society Vol. 46 p. 142-9
  • Bromley, R.D.F., 1970, '19th century economic and population change at Chumleigh' Transactions of the Devonshire Association Vol. 102 p.129
  • Reichel, O.J., 1898, 'The Domesday hundreds of Devon, part 6:the Hundred of Witheridge' Transactions of the Devonshire Association Vol. 30 p. 400 online copy

Primary Sources

  • 1920, Liber Feodorum: The Book of Fees, commonly called the Testa de Neville Vol. 1 AD1198-1242 (London) p. no. 404 view online transcription