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HER Number:MDV12150
Name:Fortified manor house at Affeton in East Worlington; Dolton, Addisford


Affeton was a domesday estate. Affeton barton - Affeton castle was probably erected by the Affetons in 13th or 14th century and was a fortified manor house rather than a true castle. Its main gateway is filled in but the three-storey 15th century tower remains, from the other buildings only walls survive.


Grid Reference:SS 755 136
Map Sheet:SS71SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishEast Worlington
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST WORLINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS71SE/8
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FORTIFIED MANOR HOUSE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Vis=estimated -/-/1951(pevsner) of the large manor house the gatehouse remains though much altered in ad.1868. Main gateway is filled in but the three-storey 15th century tower remains. Of other buildings only walls survive.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326935.

Remains of xv century house. Gatehouse and one range remain. Gatehouse of stone with lead roof and rebuilt stone stacks. Gateway passage; arches blocked. Mullioned windows. Stone newel stair. Embattled parapet. Interior modernised. First floor room has xvi and later panelling (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Vis=estimated -/-/1953(hoskins) a restored 15th century gate-tower. The castellated building to which it gave entrance was probably erected by the affetons in 13th or 14th century and was a fortified manor house rather than a true castle.

REICHEL, 1898, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV38916.

Affeton was a domesday estate. It may have been represented by the land of 9 thegns added to west worlington (reichel, 1898).

HOSKINS, DCNQ 22, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV44679.

Affeton was purchased from the marwoods by thomas affeton in about 1350. The stucleys had held affeton since the mid 15th century and surveys of 1637 and 1646 show that john stucley held the manors of affeton and west worlington, and rights in other properties, see crfs (hoskins, dcnq 22).

STUCLEY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV68976.

Vis=3/3/1970(os) though restored the gate house is an interesting survival and retains many original features. It is now a residence. The barton proper has little of interest. The first recorded occupier of affeton is at the end of the 12th century, one robert, who styled himself "de affeton". His tenure included the parish of affeton, and a farm to the s called cobley. Robert granted cobley to the priory of st. Nicholas, exeter. In the 15th century, weston described the manor house as being built in the shape of a letter e, and stated that it was one of the most splendid seats in the county. Castellated building, built mainly between 1377-1407. The 15th century construction of the gatehouse suggests the need for additional security needed by the inhabitants of affeton during the wars of the roses. In 1869, during restoration of the gatehouse, a gold rebus ring was excavated monogramming the name stucley. It had been used as a wool seal. Devon landowners of that date derived much income from wool. Affeton barton is adjacent to the site of a dmv, (see ss71se/22), whose church may have become the family chapel about 1439 (stucley).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78321.

Affeton barton - affeton castle.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78329.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78330.

Pevsner, n. /buildings of england, north devon/(1952)38.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78331.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)519.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78332.

Stucley, d. /tda/108(1976)2,3,7,8/a devon parish lost, a new home discoveered.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78333.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/29(1897)268/the domesday hundreds of devon. Part 3 the hundred of north tawton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78334.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/30(1898)423/the hundred of witheridge.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78335.

Hoskins, w. G. /dcnq/22(1942-1946)326/devon gentry:in carolean times.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78336.

Doe/hhr:south molton r. D. /(-/3/1964)27.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78337.

Des=gallant, l. /deer parks/(1986)/manuscript in smr.

GALLANT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV943.

In c14 thomas affeton was sheriff of devon. Affeton was in ownership of stuckley family by early c17 (gallant).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV326935Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV38916Migrated Record: REICHEL, 1898.
SDV44679Migrated Record: HOSKINS, DCNQ 22.
SDV68976Migrated Record: STUCLEY.
SDV78321Migrated Record:
SDV78329Migrated Record:
SDV78330Migrated Record:
SDV78331Migrated Record:
SDV78332Migrated Record:
SDV78333Migrated Record:
SDV78334Migrated Record:
SDV78335Migrated Record:
SDV78336Migrated Record:
SDV78337Migrated Record:
SDV943Migrated Record: GALLANT.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 24 2019 1:53PM