Heanton Satchville, Petrockstowe

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Not to be confused with Heanton Satchville, Huish
Heanton Satchville depicted in 1739, then the home of Margaret Rolle, 15th Baroness Clinton; detail from Vitruvius Britannicus
Heanton Hall and Park, an engraving by William Henry Toms, 1739
The facade in 1716, drawn by Sir Edmund Prideaux
The left wing in 1716, drawn by Sir Edmund Prideaux

Heanton Satchville was a historic manor in the parish of Petrockstowe, North Devon, England. With origins in the Domesday manor of Hantone, it was first recorded as belonging to the Yeo family in the mid-14th century and was then owned successively by the Rolle, Walpole and Trefusis families. The mansion house was destroyed by fire in 1795. In 1812 Lord Clinton purchased the manor and mansion of nearby Huish, renamed it Heanton Satchville, and made it his seat.

The nearly-forgotten house was featured in the 2005 edition of Rosemary Lauder's "Vanished Houses of North Devon".[1] A farmhouse now occupies the former stable block with a large tractor shed where the house once stood.

Description of mansion[edit]

The mansion was at one time "one of the most imposing houses ever to exist in Devon".[2] The Hearth Tax return of 1674 recorded 26 hearths for the house, making it the second largest house in Devon after Werrington.[3]

It was described by Rev. John Swete in 1789. Referring to it as a "vast pile built at different times", he noted a carved date of 1639 which he concluded was not the earliest date of the building but only served to date the portal above which it was located. The parapet walls, the mullions of the windows and the pavement were all made of moorstone. The south side of the house had a "most noble terrace" of 130 paces in width, with a bowling green and adjacent walks. The property afforded views of several churches and the house of Sir James Innes in Huish to the east of the property.[4]

Descent of the manor[edit]

Normans[edit]

The manor of "Hantone" is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the 35th of the 176 Devonshire holdings of Baldwin the Sheriff,[5] feudal baron of Okehampton.[6] His tenant was Ralph of Bruyère, from Bruyère in Calvados, Normandy,[7] who also held from Baldwin the manors of Dunterton,[8] Broad Nymett,[9] Appledore[disambiguation needed],[10] Teignrace[11] and Wolborough.[12] Before 1066 the lord of the manor had been Edwin. It was in Shebbear hundred[13]

Sachville[edit]

According to Magna Britannia (1822), between the reigns of Kings Richard I (1189-1199) and Henry III (1216-1272), the manor of Heanton Sachville was held by members of the Sachville family,[14][15] originally from Sageuile,[clarification needed] France.[14] The Book of Fees lists Yauntone as held by John de Sicca Villa (the Latinized form of the name) from the feudal barony of Okehampton,[16] whose lord was the Courtenay family, later Earls of Devon.[17]

Killigrew[edit]

It later passed to the Killigrew family,[14][15][18] a prominent Cornish family.

Yeo[edit]

Arms of Yeo: Argent, a chevron sable between three ducks azure.[19] The Yeos quartered the arms of Sachville, Esse, Pyne, Jewe and Brightley.[20]

The manor came into the Yeo family at the beginning of the reign of King Edward III (1327-1377) when Nicholas Yeo, son of William Yeo, married Elizabeth Killigrew, daughter and heiress of Henry Killigrew of Heanton Sachville.[21] The descent was as follows:[22]

  • Nicholas Yeo, husband of Elizabeth Killigrew, daughter and heiress of Henry Killigrew of Heanton Sachville
  • John Yeo (son), who married a certain Alice
  • William Yeo (son), Sheriff of Devon in 1359, who married Anne Esse, daughter of John Esse (or Ashe) of Westo in Devon.
  • Robert I Yeo (fl.1410) (son), who married Jone Pyne, daughter and heiress of William Pyne of Bradwell, Devon
  • Robert II Yeo (died 1399) (son), husband of Isabell Brightley daughter and heiress of John Brightley of Brightley in Devon.
  • John Yeo (born 1380), married Alice Jewe, daughter and part inheratrix of William Jewe of Cotly, Devon
  • William Yeo, (son) married Eilin Grenville, a daughter of William Grenville of Stowe in Cornwall and Bideford in Devon.
  • Robert Yeo (son), husband of Alice Walrond, daughter of John Walrond of Bradfield, Devon
  • William Yeo (son), who married Joane Fulford, daughter of Sir Thomas Fulford of Fulford, Devon
  • Robert Yeo (son), who married Mary Fortescue, a daughter of Bartholomew Fortescue of Filleigh
  • Margaret Yeo, (daughter and sole heiress), who married Henry Rolle[23] (died circa 1620,[24]) the 3rd or 4th son of George Rolle[23][25] (died 1552) of Stevenstone, Devon[26]

Rolle[edit]

Arms of Rolle: Or, on a fesse dancetté between three billets azure each charged with a lion rampant of the first three bezants

Henry Rolle (died c. 1620)[edit]

Henry Rolle (died c. 1620,[27]), 3rd son of George Rolle George Rolle (c. 1486-1552), Keeper of the Records of the Court of Common Pleas and MP for Barnstaple in 1542 and 1545, of Stevenstone near Great Torrington, Devon, situated about 5 1/2 miles north-east of Heanton Satchville. Henry married Margaret Yeo, daughter and heiress of Robert Yeo of Heanton Satchville.[28]

Rolle and Yeo brasses[edit]
The Rolle brasses shown together as presumed originally located

On the north wall of Petrockstowe parish church are affixed two monumental brasses of Henry Rolle (left, westernmost) and his wife Margaret Yeo (died 1591), (right, easternmost) the heiress of Heanton Satchville. These are not in their original positions, but are likely originally to have been joined together.[29] The two halves of the shields when joined would show the arms of Rolle impaling Yeo.

Brass of Henry Rolle[edit]
Drawing of Monumental brass of Henry Rolle, north wall of nave, Petrockstowe Church. His ten sons kneel in prayer behind

Inscribed in Roman capitals below is the following text: "Here lyeth the body of Henry Rolle Esquieer fourth sonne of George Rolle of Stevenston who maryed Margaret Yeo daughter and sole heire unto Robert Yeo Esquir decesed and had issue by hir sonnes & doughters nyneteene". On a speech scroll issuing from Henry Rolle's mouth the words MORS MIHI LUCRUM, from St Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, 1:21 (Mihi enim vivere Christus est et mori lucrum, transated in the King James Bible as: "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain"). The Rolle arms are shown each side of him.

Brass of Margaret Yeo[edit]
19th-century drawing of monumental brass of Margaret Yeo (died 1591), wife of Henry Rolle and heiress of Petrockstowe manor. North wall of nave, Petrockstowe Church. Her eight daughters kneel behind

Affixed in modern times immediately to the right of the brass of Henry Rolle is that of his wife Margaret Yeo, heiress of Petrockstowe manor. Inscribed below is the following Gothic text: "Here lyeth the bodye of Margaret the wife of Henry Rolle Esquier, daughter and hayre of Robert Yeo Esquire who deceased the Vth day of January and in ye yeare of Our Lorde God 1591". From her mouth issues a speech scroll inscribed: "My children feare the lorde", referring to Psalms 34:11: "Come ye children hearken unto me I will teach you the fear of the Lord" [30] A human skull is shown directly in front of her face, symbolising death, and perhaps her contemplation of that event. Shown either side of Margaret is a shield bearing the arms of Yeo: Argent, a chevron sable between three drakes azure, which arms can be seen in stained glass reset in incomplete form in the vestry window.[31]

Robert Rolle (died 1633)[edit]

Robert Rolle (died 1633) (eldest son), who married Joane Hele (died 1634), daughter of Thomas Hele of Fleete.[32] He produced three distinguished sons, the younger two of whom were:

Sir Samuel I Rolle (c. 1588-1647)[edit]

Sir Samuel I Rolle (c. 1588-1647) (eldest son and heir)[33] of Heanton Satchville, Member of Parliament for Callington, Cornwall in 1640 and for Devon 1641-1647 and a supporter of the parliamentary side in the Civil War.

Robert Rolle (died 1660)[edit]

Robert Rolle (died 1660), MP, (eldest son and heir)[34] He married Lady Arabella Clinton, the younger daughter of Theophilus Clinton, 4th Earl of Lincoln and 12th Baron Clinton (died 1667).

Samuel II Rolle (died 1717)[edit]

Samuel II Rolle (died 1717) (eldest son and heir), elected to Parliament 18 times.[35] He married as his second wife Margaret Tuckfield [36] and had surviving issue a daughter and sole heiress Margaret Rolle, 15th Baroness Clinton (1709-1781).

Margaret Rolle, 15th Baroness Clinton (1709-1781)[edit]

Margaret Rolle, suo jure 15th Baroness Clinton (1709-1781) (daughter and sole heiress). She inherited the title Baroness Clinton from her childless cousin Hugh Fortescue, 14th Baron Clinton, 1st Baron Fortescue and 1st Earl Clinton (died 1751), of Filleigh, Devon.

Walpole[edit]

Arms of Walpole: Or, on a fesse between two chevrons sable three crosses crosslet of the field[37]

Trefusis[edit]

Arms of Trefusis: Argent, a chevron between three spindles sable

The manor was then inherited by the Trefusis family[44] together with the barony of Clinton and Say, in the person of George William Trefusis, according to Lysons.[15] Robert George William Trefusis (1764–1797) successfully claimed the title 17th Baron Clinton in 1794.[45]

In 1795, the house was destroyed by fire[46] and Rev. John Swete reported in his journal of 1797, when he was visiting John Inglett Fortescue at nearby Buckland Filleigh, that he had seen a painting by Rubens that Baron Clinton had himself rescued from the fire and had sent to Fortescue to look after while he was still homeless. Swete also reported that in the same fire Mr Fortescue had lost a much-valued family portrait of an ancestor which he had sent to Heanton Satchville to be restored by Lord Clinton's picture restorer.[47]

In 1797, the 17th Baron died, leaving his son and heir Robert Cotton St John Trefusis, 18th Baron Clinton (1787–1832) a minor aged ten. Next, George Cholmondeley, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley (1749–1827), later 1st Marquess, who was heir to the Walpole estates, launched a legal suit against the young Robert Trefusis for possession of the former Rolle estates. Although the legal case took nine years to resolve, it was decided in favour of Baron Clinton.[46] The house at Petrockstowe was never rebuilt, but in 1812 the 18th Baron purchased the contiguous manor of Huish to the east together with its capital mansion Innes House,[citation needed] made it the new family seat, and renamed it Heanton Satchville.[44]

Stone pillar in cow barn at Heanton Barton

Samuel Lysons wrote in 1822: "Heanton Sachville, which was some time a seat of the Rolles, and afterwards of the Earls of Orford, was burnt down several years ago. A farm-house has been fitted up out of the ruins. The deer-park is still kept up".[15] The only remnant of the original mansion is the stable block, now the site of a modern farmhouse called Heanton Barton. A large modern tractor shed occupies the flat site of the former mansion house.[44][nb 1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Plans of Old Heanton Satchville, house, gardens and park exist within the Cholmondeley Archives at Houghton Hall, under ref. J/7-8 and J/9-10[48]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lauder (2005), pp. 3, 49–50.
  2. ^ Lauder (2005), p. 49.
  3. ^ Lauder (2005), pp. 49–50.
  4. ^ Gray (1997), pp. 25-27.
  5. ^ Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, part 1, 16,35
  6. ^ Sanders, I.J. English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086-1327, Oxford, 1960, p.69
  7. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 2, 16,12
  8. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 1, 16,12
  9. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 1, 16,48
  10. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 1, 16,49
  11. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 1, 16,153
  12. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 1, 16,163
  13. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 2, 16,35
  14. ^ a b c Powlett, p. 398.
  15. ^ a b c d e Lysons, p. 387.
  16. ^ Thorn & Thorn, part 2, 16,35
  17. ^ Sanders, I.J. English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086-1327, Oxford, 1960, p.70
  18. ^ Gomme, p. 298.
  19. ^ Per research conducted by Sheila Yeo of the Yeo Society [1], based on stained glass depictions of Yeo arms in churches of Petrockstowe (Yeo of Heanton Satchville) and Hatherleigh (Yeo of Hatherleigh) both in Devon. The ducks are described as of various breeds by different sources. Heraldic sources give contradictory tinctures: Argent, a chevron between three shovelers sable (Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.834) and Argent, a chevron between three mallards azure (Pole, Sir William (died 1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.510)
  20. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.834
  21. ^ Vivian, p.834, pedigree of Yeo of Huish
  22. ^ Vivian, p.834, pedigree of Yeo of Huish
  23. ^ a b Vivian, p. 834.
  24. ^ Lysons, p. ccxxv
  25. ^ Lysons, p. xciii.
  26. ^ Vivian, p.834, pedigree of Yeo of Huish; p.652, pedigree of Rolle; p.652
  27. ^ Lysons, p. ccxxv
  28. ^ Vivian, p.652, pedigree of Rolle
  29. ^ Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, p.68
  30. ^ Quote from King James Bible
  31. ^ www.yeosociety.com
  32. ^ Vivian, p.654, pedigree of Rolle
  33. ^ Vivian, p.654
  34. ^ Vivian, pp.654-5
  35. ^ Alexander, p. 371.
  36. ^ thepeerage.com
  37. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, Baron Walpole, p.1128
  38. ^ Broome, p. 8.
  39. ^ Leadam, Biography of Robert Walpole.
  40. ^ Broome, p. 9.
  41. ^ Broome, p. 7-8.
  42. ^ Vivian, p. 655.
  43. ^ Lysons, p. xciii-xciv, xcix.
  44. ^ a b c d Lauder (2005), p. 53.
  45. ^ P. W. Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage (1968), p.265 & see Baron Clinton
  46. ^ a b Lauder (2002), p. 69.
  47. ^ Gray (1999), p. 113.
  48. ^ National Archive, Cholmondeley family.

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Coordinates: 50°52′36″N 4°07′54″W / 50.8766°N 4.1317°W / 50.8766; -4.1317