Lin Yutang

Shute Barton, located at Shute, near Axminster, Devon, England, is a mediaeval manor house, today a property of the National Trust.
Shute Barton is one of the most important non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages still in existence. It was commenced in approximately 1380 and finally completed in the late 16th century, before being partly demolished in the 17th century. Only two wings of the original 1380 building now remain, including a kitchen with the largest Tudor fireplace in Britain, with a span of 24 feet.
The great hall with its beamed ceiling and the kitchen with its large open fireplace have survived and the house displays battlemented turrets, late Gothic windows and a late Tudor gatehouse.

The house was previously owned by the Pole family, and was formerly held by the family of Lady Jane Grey. Although it is now run by the National Trust, the Pole family descendants have the right to live there. The main part of the house opened as a holiday let in Spring 2011. The gatehouse is leased separately to the Landmark Trust.

My mother was a pupil at Shute House when it was a girl’s school.


A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • thankyou so much Chris!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéover 3 years ago

    lovely :) xxx

  • many thanks Denise!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Beautiful place Charmiene wonderful capture


    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Another lovely angle of Mum’s old school – terrific looking place Charmiene. My last school in UK the teacher said I wouldn’t get anywhere – I was going to send him a postcard and tell him I had gone as far as I could – New Zealand !

  • thankyou so much Roy!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    What a fantastic capture, and must be very exciting to see this in person.. I would love to go through the Manor, room by room..

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago


  • thankyou Cheryl!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • kkphoto1
    kkphoto1over 3 years ago

    Magnificent! Love the lead in with the tree branches!

  • thankyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillover 3 years ago

    Just gorgeous!!


  • thankyou so much Jan!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    a lovely capture of this castle, I particularly love your quote, so very true !

  • thankyou so mcuh Elfie!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    Another magnificent castle capture… Love them all Charmiene!!!! Superb presentation my friend. :)))) xxxxx

  • thankyou Debbie!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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