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Sheviock Barton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Sheviock.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX36965502
Latitude 50.37261° Longitude -4.29429°

Sheviock Barton has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Sheviock Barton House, SX 36955504, is a 16/17th century rubble-built house with hipped slate roofs and brick and plastered stacks. Carew, writing at the end of the 16th century, described it as decayed, and Gilbert in 1820 found it much altered and damaged. It presumably stands on the site of the 14th century crenellated house of the Dawney family, although Kempthorne mentions a possible alternative site for this.
Sheviok Barton barn stands at SX 37005500, within the curtilage of the barton. A tradition related by Carew ascribes its building to Emmeline Dawney in the 14th century. The roof collapsed in 1836 and was rebuilt at a lower level. The south wall was rebuilt with the original stone in 1938 (Sheppard 1974; Kempthorne 1934)
House dated 1682 on a stone by the front door but possibly with earlier origins. Altered and extended in the late 18th century, mid to late 19th century and the 20th century. It is two storeyed and built of stone rubble with a slate roof. It may stand on the site of the 14th century house of the Dawney family, granted a licence to crenallate in 1336. (Listed Building Report). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1336 March 19 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Area susceptible to 'French' raids (the 'french' may have been independent pirates of many nationalities) so may well have been defensible, although the licence may have had more to do with the families ambitions. A market charter had been granted in 1314 (CChR, 1300–26, p. 239) and at much the same time a large barn was constructed and the church was rebuilt. As usual in Cornwall the settlement is dispersed, with the major concentration of the parish population at Crafthole, but the parish church is adjacent to Sheviock Barton.
Kempthorne mentions a possible alternative site for this at the site of a C17 dovecote at SX36345413. This seems unlikely as this is clearly in Crafthole not Sheviock and Crafthole had a clear identity in the medieval period, and there seems no reason to believe the Dawney's would move away from a traditional manorial centre by the parish church. However, this isolated dovecote is a bit of an enigma but possibly part of a medieval, or post-medieval, planed leisure landscape, although its surroundings are despoiled by a golf course.
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