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Nutwell Court, Woodbury

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Nuteville; Notewella; Nutewella

In the civil parish of Woodbury.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX987850
Latitude 50.65613° Longitude -3.43342°

Nutwell Court, Woodbury 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*.


Nutwell Court is said to have been strong house similar to Powderham. The manor belonged to the Dinhams; of their late medieval house parts of the chapel remain (there is a record of a licence for the chapel in 1371, but there appears to have been a chapel here in the early C14, a date that accords well with the style of the remaining glass); the house was rebuilt by Lord Dinham (later Henry VII's Treasurer) in the 1480s; this in turn was drastically remodelled in the 1750s by Sir Francis Drake who demolished the gatehouse at great expense and converted the chapel into a library thereby destroying part of the medieval roof. The house was largely rebuilt for the 2nd Lord Northcote in 1802 to plans by Samuel Pepys Cockerell. A major restoration was undertaken in the 1940s by George Northcott. The chapel is of sandstone ashlar. (Derived from Listed Building report)

Too little remains to be certain of the form of the medieval house, but the Dinhams were an important local family and this house can be expected to have been dressed up with the martial symbolism that reflected their status. In this part of Devon, where pirate raids did occur, these defences are likely to have been more than just sham.
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