Shute, Devon

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Shute parish church - - 140475.jpg
St Michael's church
Shute is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population589 (2001 UK Census)
OS grid referenceSY252974
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX16
Dialling code01297
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°46′16″N 3°03′37″W / 50.7712°N 3.0602°W / 50.7712; -3.0602Coordinates: 50°46′16″N 3°03′37″W / 50.7712°N 3.0602°W / 50.7712; -3.0602

Shute is a village, parish and former manor located 3 miles (5 km) west of Axminster in East Devon, off the A35 road.

It is surrounded by farmland and woodland beneath 163-metre Shute Hill. St Michael's Church dates from the 13th Century and contains many monuments to the Pole family, including a marble statue of Sir William Pole, 4th Baronet (1678-1741), Master of the Household to Queen Anne. A later 19th. century member of the family, Margaret Pole, is commemorated by an alabaster sculptured panel depicting her greeting her daughters at the gates of heaven. There exist within the parish the two former Pole Family Manor Houses of Old Shute House (or Shute Barton), a historic mediaeval house, now owned by the National Trust, and the Georgian New Shute House, privately owned.

In 1981 the vicar of St Michael's and his wife founded the Shute Theatre and Arts Guild (STAG). The church was slightly altered to accommodate a permanent stage and extra power was bought in for stage lighting. STAG perform regular productions in the church and in nearby Kilmington Village Hall to this day.

The village was the scene of the murder of 84-year-old Ivy Batten in 1987.[1]

The West of England Main Line passes through Seaton Junction to the south of the village.


  1. ^ "Hammer murderer loses appeal". BBC News. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

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