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HER Number:MDV19792
Name:Shute Deerpark


Site of a medieval deer park located on a hill about a mile from Shute House. It was described by Leland circa 1540 as a 'goodly large parke'. In 1867 the park covered 101 acres and held 150 fallow deer. It was surrounded by a 10 foot high earthen bank topped with alders.


Grid Reference:SY 242 975
Map Sheet:SY29NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShute
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHUTE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SY29NW10
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NW/91
  • Pastscape: 449618

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DEER PARK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116340.

Des=os 6"/71se/(1906).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116341.

Shirley, e. P. /some account of english deerparks/(1867)89.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116342.

Henderson, c. /essays in cornish history/(1963)157.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116343.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116344.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV116345.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Woodend park, described on os 6" 1906 as "shute deerpark" (os).

GALLANT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV943.

A park was formed at shute c.1250 + extended in the early c15. Donn's map of 1765 shows the park separated from the house by an avenue of trees (gallant).

Shirley, E. P., 1867, Some Account of English Deerparks (Monograph). SDV314505.

Described by leland (c 1540) as a "goodly large parke". In shirleys time (1867) an existing park containing 101 acres and 150 fallow deer. The park was "fenced in a singular manner, by an earthen bank 10 feet high topped with alders" (shirley).

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 927 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Shute deerpark formed c. 1250 and extended in the 15th century. Was 110 acres in 1867. Boundary consisted of 10 feet high bank topped with alders. Map of 1765 shows park separated from Shute House by avenue of trees (additional NGR SY 252 974).

Historic England, 2015-2016, NRHE to HER prototype, 445468 (Website). SDV359652.

Summary description
Medieval deer park at Shute, one of the oldest in the west of England, and described by Leland as 'a goodly large park'. There is a lodge within the park.
Full description
Shute, one of the oldest deer parks in the south-west. It is an isolated hill a mile from the house, with four avenue of oak trees meeting at the top of the hill. In the park are the remains of a lodge or keepers house. Shute is described by Leland as 'a goodly large parke', by the manor place. the ancient park is still extant and of 100 acres (Shown at approximately SY 242976 on OS 1" 1809) (1-2)
1 VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION Henderson (1963) Essays in Cornish History p157
2 Devonshire Association reports and transactions 33, 36 82, 1950
Monument types, periods and evidence
Deer park: Medieval. Documentary evidence
Deer park: Post medieval. Documentary evidence
Lodge: Post medieval. Extant building
Related monuments: None recorded
Related events: None recorded
Related archives/objects: None recorded
Compiler: Norman Victor Quinnell, 1975
Record created: Prior to 01/04/1999

Sources / Further Reading

SDV116340Migrated Record:
SDV116341Migrated Record:
SDV116342Migrated Record:
SDV116343Migrated Record:
SDV116344Migrated Record:
SDV116345Migrated Record:
SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV314505Monograph: Shirley, E. P.. 1867. Some Account of English Deerparks. Some Account of English Deerparks. Unknown.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 927.
SDV359652Website: Historic England. 2015-2016. NRHE to HER prototype. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/home. Website. 445468.
SDV943Migrated Record: GALLANT.

Associated Monuments

MDV117964Related to: King John's Oak, Woodend Park, Shute (Monument)
MDV11241Related to: Parkland to the North of Shute House, Shute (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 10 2019 2:48PM