Barrington Court

Venue Type & Location

Private Residence

Site Name: Barrington Court
Location: near Barrington
County: Somerset
Location Type: Town - near town at determined location

Performance Spaces


Originally a moated manor house, Barrington is located in lowlying countryside a couple of miles from the Daubeney family's other residence at South Petherton and not far from the main road through Crewkerne to the SW. The golden Ham stone house begun by Henry Daubeney retains much of its gabled Tudor S facade and E-plan but the decayed interior was much altered, if tastefully, during early 20th c. renovations. The great hall is in the central block.

The medieval manor house of the Daubeneys was located NE of the present house. 'By the late 14th century the house included not only a hall with a two-storeyed solar wing to the east, but a new two-storeyed addition on the north side, together with kitchens, a chapel, and farm buildings including a gatehouse, a great barn, an ox-shed with lofts (alte camere), a straw-house, and a pig-stye, the whole surrounded by a series of ditches' (VCH: Somerset 4.115).

Performance History

A possible performance venue. The dates of construction for the Tudor house cannot be confirmed. No Daubeney household records survive but entertainers under the family's patronage performed in the SW in the 15th and 16th c.

Current Status

National Trust property open to the public at specified times.

History of the Venue

by 1236 Daubeneys owned the manor of Barrington.

1483 Barrington forfeited to the Crown after Sir Giles Daubeney's attainder.

1484 Granted to Ralph, 6th Baron Neville (of Raby).

1485 Lands recovered by Daubeney.

ca. 1518 Henry Daubeney began rebuilding the house.

by 1543 Daubeneys no longer resident.

1552 Lordship, manor and park granted to Henry Grey, 7th Duke of Suffolk, who subsequently sold the estate to William Clifton of London.

ca. 1559 House completed by William Clifton.

1605 Sold to Sir Thomas Phelips of Montacute.

1625 House sold to William Strode of Shepton Mallet who made improvements.

ca. 1670 2-storey stables block added W of the house by William Strode II.

1756 Sold to Thomas Harvard of Thorney.

ca. 1786 Acquired by John Hanning via marriage with Susannah Harvard.

ca. 1825 Interior mostly gutted, part used as a cider cellar.

by 1847 House known as Barrington Court and property divided into 2 holdings, held by the same tenant.

mid-19th c. Sold to J.W. Peters of South Petherton. House became semi-derelict.

1905 Acquired by Miss J.L. Woodward of Clevedon.

1907 Sold to the National Trust.

1920 Leased by A.A. Lyle.

1921--5 Restored by Forbes and Tate for A.A. Lyle. W front altered by arched French style windows and a terrace. Stable block converted as a dwelling and porch on W side demolished.
Walled gardens in Elizabethan style created in consultation with Gertrude Jekyll.

1940--5 Occupied by a boys' preparatory school.

1986 Andrew Lyle invited Stuart Interiors to help furnish the house with reproduction pieces.

1991 National Trust took over management of the property.

Record Source

REED Bristol 44; Devon 38, 94; Somerset 1.43

Patrons who owned this venue

Name Dates Titles
Daubeney, Giles 1395-1446 Knight
Daubeney, Henry 1493-1548 2nd Baron , 1st Earl

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