"SAMPFORD PEVERELL, a well built and pleasant village, near the Grand Western Canal and Bristol and Exeter Railway, 5½ miles E.N.E. of Tiverton, and 9 miles S.W. of Wellington, has in its parish 857 inhabitants, and about 2000 acres of land. It has a great fair for cattle, sheep, and horses, on the Monday before the last Wednesday in April, and had formerly a large woollen manufactory. The manor, anciently belonging to the Peverells, and afterwards to the Dinham, Aisthorpe, and Powlett families, was sold with the demesne by the late Earl Powlett, to various freeholders. Sampford Barton, was for a long period the seat of the Powletts, . . . A Castle was built here by Oliver Dinham, about 1437, and its remains were cleared away about 1755. The Church (St. John.) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells, and contains a monument of Lady Powlett, who died in 1602. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £23. 8s. 11½d., and in 1831 at £320, is in the patronage of Dr. Lemann, and incumbency of the Rev. A. Boulton, D.D., who has 15A. of glebe, and a good residence, erected in lieu of the old one, by the Canal Company, at the cost of about £1500. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Halberton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.