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HER Number:MDV9934
Name:Nutwell Court, Woodbury


Substantial country house, rebuilt in the 1480s, drastically remodelled in the 1750s, largely rebuilt in 1802, and a major restoration in the 1940s. Of the late medieval house parts of the chapel remain.


Grid Reference:SX 987 850
Map Sheet:SX98NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWoodbury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWOODBURY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structures, earthworks, veteran trees and historic landscape of Nutwell Park, Lympstone

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 447825
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NE/5
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 88639
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, Unknown (Migrated Record). SDV1416.

Illustrations by swete (dro).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Nutwell court, building 1810, built on site of earlier house which was demolished in the early 18th c (os).

Stoyle, M. J., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22924.

Occupied and fortified by parliamentarians in 1646 (stoyle).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

Nutwell is mentioned in the 1244 "testa de nevil" (reichel).

BROOKS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV28471.

Planning permission granted for extensions to rear (brooks).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326701.

Substantial country house. Of the late medieval house parts of the chapel remain (see subsheet). House rebuilt in the 1480s. Drastically remodelled in the 1750s when gatehouse demolished and chapel converted into library thereby destroying part of the medieval roof. Largely rebuilt in 1802. Major restoration in 1940s. Clad in yellow mathematical tiles in flemish bond. Gable end and hipped roofs. Two storeys and basement throughout. Plaster, wood and wrought-iron work in interior. See doe list for full details (doe).

Chope, R. P., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV33437.

The site of the manor of nutwell mentioned in a 1566 survey of lord dynham's estates. Some details of ownership and tenancies at the time are given (chope).

CARTER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV47986.

Author notes how the tenants of nutwell manor, which he calls a privileged estate from their point of view, could be said to be becoming free from the manorial system of tenure and succession (carter).

Scott, E., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV53648.

Nutwell court. Recorded as a separate estate in the domesday book, fortified by sir john dynham in the 15th. Century, a strong point in the civil war operations around exeter, the old house was acquired by the drakes in 1731. In 1755, the 5th. Baronet wrecked the medieval house, demolished the great gatehouse, cut through the timbered roof of the 14th. Century chapel to make a plastered ceiling for his library. This work was cleared away at great expense in the 19th. Century and it is now a stuccoed late georgian block of 5 by 5 bays and the entrance has a soanian loggia (scott).

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Worth identifies the domesday manor of noteswille as nutwell, lympstone (worth).

WESTERN MORNING NEWS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV8008.

Vis=25/9/1978 (western morning news) proposal to convert the grounds of nutwell court into a wildlife park and to build 170 chalets.

CHOPE,1918, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113618.

Nutwell manor was given by geoffrey, lord of dinan, to the abbey of marmoutier at tours. He had been given it by henry i. The chapel was converted into a library during the 18th century (chope,1918).

SEE SX55SE/18, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV113624.

Vis=the centre projects slightly, as at kitley (see sx55se/18) suggesting a similar conversion into a double pile between earlier wings.

SELLLY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113627.

Nutwell was one of the four manors in the parish of woodbury and was mentioned in domesday (sellly).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113628.

Scott, e. /tda/88(1956)129/lympstone: a village story.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113629.

Des=western morning news/25/9/1978.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113630.

Des=scrapbook vol.5 p.20.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113631.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113632.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/35(1903)297/the hundred of budleigh in the time of "testa de nevil", ad.1244.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113633.

Chope, r. P. /tda/43(1911)276-277,285,286,287,288,291/the lord dynham's lands.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113634.

Chope, r. P. /tda/50(1918)432,434,435,436,438/the last of the dynhams.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113635.

Worth, r. N. /tda/25(1893)332/the identification of the domesday manors of devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113636.

Carter, g. E. L. /tda/65(1933)389,390-391,392/borough english and burgage tenure.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113637.

Dro=564m/18/69(illustrations by swete).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113638.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113639.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113640.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /the buildings of england:devon/(1989)552.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113641.

Cherry, b. /pdas/46(1988)114/the devon country house in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113642.

Brooks, c. /dbg newsletter/5(1988)3/secretary's report.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV113643.

Stoyle, m. /the civil war defences of exeter and the great parliamentary siege of 1645-46/(1990)20/(emafu report 90.26).

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV325629.

Red brick rear elevation and sw wing look c18; se wing is still older. C18 stair at rear of main range (cherry + pevsner).

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Lympstone (Report - non-specific). SDV346718.

Selley, G., 2003, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV113644.

Nutwell was one of the four manors in the parish of woodbury and was mentioned in domesday

Clark, J., 2013, Nutwell Court (Un-published). SDV358021.

Substantial country house, in its own grounds and overlooking the Exe Estuary. Transformed into an exquisitely precise and austere neo-classical mansion in 1802 for the second Lord Heathfield by S.P. Cockerell.

Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV113618Migrated Record: CHOPE,1918.
SDV113624Report - Survey: SEE SX55SE/18.
SDV113627Migrated Record: SELLLY.
SDV113628Migrated Record:
SDV113629Migrated Record:
SDV113630Migrated Record:
SDV113631Migrated Record:
SDV113632Migrated Record:
SDV113633Migrated Record:
SDV113634Migrated Record:
SDV113635Migrated Record:
SDV113636Migrated Record:
SDV113637Migrated Record:
SDV113638Migrated Record:
SDV113639Migrated Record:
SDV113640Migrated Record:
SDV113641Migrated Record:
SDV113642Migrated Record:
SDV113643Migrated Record:
SDV113644Correspondence: Selley, G.. 2003. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV1416Migrated Record: Unknown. Unknown. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown.
SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV22924Migrated Record: Stoyle, M. J..
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV28471Migrated Record: BROOKS.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume.
SDV326701Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV33437Migrated Record: Chope, R. P..
SDV346718Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Lympstone. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV358021Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Nutwell Court. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV47986Migrated Record: CARTER.
SDV53648Migrated Record: Scott, E..
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.

Associated Monuments

MDV79527Related to: Former Indoor Riding School, Nutwell Park (Building)
MDV79526Related to: Gates, Gate Piers and Quadrant Walls, Nutwell Park (Building)
MDV64766Related to: Nutwell Park (Monument)
MDV79525Related to: South Lodge, Nutwell Park (Building)
MDV42072Related to: Stables and Servants' Accommodation, Nutwell Court (Building)
MDV79524Related to: The Belvedere, Nutwell Court (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2018 5:36PM