[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"SHUTE, a parish in the hundred of Colyton, county Devon, 3 miles W. of Axminster, its post town, and 2 N.E. of Colyton. The village is situated near the river Axe, on the Exeter and Axmouth road. The manor was formerly held by the Shutes, Bonvilles, and Petres. The soil consists of red marl. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter, value £250, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower containing five belle. The interior of the church contains monuments of the De la Pole family. There is a National school for both sexes. Shute House is the principal residence. Sir J. G. R. de la Pole, Bart., is lord of the manor, and principal landowner. A pleasure fair occurs on the Monday prior to Michaelmas."