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Name:Sutton Court south of Knighton Sutton Farm
HER Number:MBN722
Type of record:Listed Building
Grid Reference:ST 597 605
Map Sheet:ST56SE
Location:Stowey Sutton, Bath & North East Somerset

Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1301 AD? to 1539 AD)
  • FORTIFIED MANOR HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Events

  • The Saving of Sutton Court
  • Manors of Stowey and Knighton Sutton
  • Sutton Court Building Recording and Watching Brief

Protected Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1129576: SUTTON COURT

Full description

Sutton Court has an embattled wall and tower, the apparent remains of an early 14th century castle with 15th and 16th century additions.Tudor buttresses are still on the north east wing. Much remodelled from 1858. {1} Although the 14th - 16th century remains, incorporated in the northern side of the house, are of considerable interest. The house as a whole has suffered too much from 19th century restoration to be outstanding.{2} Sutton Court is of various periods from the C14-C19.The earliest survivals include a length of C14 embattled wall & a three storey "peel" tower combined with porch. The porch has later cusped windows & door, probably C15. The main portion of the house is generally C17 in character, but considerably over loaded with Victorian Tudor detail.{5} A study of the possibilities for the disposal or retention of the estate is contained in {6}.

Sutton Court is a Grade II* listed, former fortified, manor house of early 14th century origin. In the
centuries following its construction the building was altered and extended in the 15th, 16th and 18th
centuries. There was extensive restructuring and restoration by T H Wyatt between 1858 and 1860.
The property was then converted to individual residences in the late 20th century.
A watching brief was conducted, initially, without and then within the embattled wall. Although the
watching brief did identify paving which may be related to the construction of the three storey service
range, in general the excavations showed evidence that the 19th century remodelling by T H Wyatt,
had likely removed any early features or activity. {7}


DoE, 1959, List (List description). SBN12045.


Graham Moss Associates, 1985, The Saving of Sutton Court (Unpublished document). SBN15040.


Avon County Planning Department, 1992, An Historic Landscape Survey of The Manors of Stowey and Knighton Sutton (Unpublished document). SBN43522.


<1> Pevsner, Nikolaus., 1958, North Somerset and Bristol, 267 (Monograph). SBN1230.


<2> Pitcher, G., 1965, ST56SE17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeological Record). SBN3060.


<3> -, 1910-Jan, Sutton Court Somerset (Article in serial). SBN6055.


<4> Collinson, 1790, History of Somerset (Bibliographic reference). SBN9050.


<6> Graham Moss Assoiciates, August, 1985, The Saving of Sutton Court: Proposals for the Conservation and Development of a Country Estate (Article in serial). SBN42408.


<7> 2017, Sutton Court, Stowey, Pensford: Historic Building Recording and Archaeological Watching Brief (Unpublished document). SBN44692.

Sources and further reading

---List description: DoE. 1959. List.
---Unpublished document: Graham Moss Associates. 1985. The Saving of Sutton Court.
---Unpublished document: Avon County Planning Department. 1992. An Historic Landscape Survey of The Manors of Stowey and Knighton Sutton.
<1>Monograph: Pevsner, Nikolaus.. 1958. North Somerset and Bristol. Buildings of England. 267.
<2>Ordnance Survey Archaeological Record: Pitcher, G.. 1965. ST56SE17.
<3>Article in serial: -. 1910-Jan. Sutton Court Somerset. ACC.
<4>Bibliographic reference: Collinson. 1790. History of Somerset. ACC.
<6>Article in serial: Graham Moss Assoiciates. August, 1985. The Saving of Sutton Court: Proposals for the Conservation and Development of a Country Estate. ACC.
<7>Unpublished document: 2017. Sutton Court, Stowey, Pensford: Historic Building Recording and Archaeological Watching Brief.