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Shute, Devon

Historical Description

Shute, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Axe, 1 mile from Seaton Junction station on the L. & S.W.R., and 3 miles SW by W of Axminster. It contains the village of Whitford, and has a post office under Axminster; money order and telegraph office, Colyton. Acreage, 2739; population, 444. The manor belonged anciently to the Shutes, passed to the Bonvilles, the Peters, and the Poles, and with Shute House belongs now to the De la Pole family. Shute Hill is crowned with an ancient beacon house, and commands a good view. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £240 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is Decorated and Later English, and contains some handsome monuments to the De la Pole family.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishShute St. Michael 
Poor Law unionAxminster 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Shute

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shute from the following:


Online maps of Shute are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX13
Post TownAxminster