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Hinton House, Hinton St George

In the civil parish of Hinton St George.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Somerset.
1974 county of Somerset.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST41801236
Latitude 50.90777° Longitude -2.82912°

Hinton House, Hinton St George has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


There used to be a very old manor house at Hinton, but all that is to be seen there now is a very fine manor house of freestone, which has in the inner courtyard two good tall castellated towers. It was built by Sir Amias Poulet, the father of the present owner, Sir Hugh Poulet, who has recently constructed a park on a hillside not far from his house. (Chandler 1993 transcription of John Leland)

By the end of the 14th century the manor-house stood in a complex of farm buildings including two stables, an oxhouse, at least one barn, a pigsty, and a dovecot. Margaret Denebaud's share of the house on her husband's death in 1390 included a 'messuage' in a court called the 'gustenchamber' on the east side of the hall, with rooms above and below between the chamber and a gateway by the hall, together with areas adjoining a great porch. The complex also included gardens to the north and south of a court, a lower garden, and various bartons. The house was evidently rebuilt by Sir Amias Poulett, occupier between 1487 and 1538. It was described in the 1540s as 'a right goodly manor place of freestone, with two goodly high towers embattled in the inner court'. In the 17th century the house was considered by Thomas Gerard 'ancient yet very stately and of curious building', and by Cosmo, Grand Duke of Tuscany, a visitor in the 1660s, as 'very different from the common style'.
The medieval house occupied the area of the south-west corner of the present building and was of conventional plan, having a central hall with porch and oriel to the west, service rooms to the north and north-east, and a parlour cross-wing on the south. In the later 16th century a central entrance porch was built between the oriel and the old porch, which became a second oriel, and new wings of ten bays were built out from each end of the front to enclose a forecourt. By this time there may also have been a small courtyard, which was probably of medieval origin, to the east of the hall. (VCH)

Some parts of the late medieval house survive in later rebuildings. It is uncertain how much the castellated towers reported by Leland were defensive.
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