Sampford Peverell


"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.



Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

Sampford Peverell - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Thorne, Roger F.S. History and mystery in Sampford Peverell: the story of Methodism and dissent in the parish. Ottery St. Mary: R.F.S.Thorne (1993) 22p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - px285/SAM/THO]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1672 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Births (1672-1920)Marriages (1674-1919)Burials (1674-1942 from the Sampford Peverell Society.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for 1825-33 (C) in PRO RG 4/1326; 1909-16 (B) at DRO; see also Cullompton, Tiverton (PRO RG 4/958, 342)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Wesleyan Chapel Christenings 1825-1833.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bampton, Bickleigh, Burlescombe, Calverleigh, Clayhanger, Culmstock, Halberton, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Petton Chapelry, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton St. Peter, Tiverton Cove, Uffculme, Uplowman, Washfield and Willand. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White’s Directory (1850) and Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM 064, Exeter, Devon FHS (2016). [Bampton Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1814-1838; Bickleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; Burlescombe Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1838 Bur: 1813-1837; Calverleigh Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clayhanger Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1833 Bur: 1750-1852; Culmstock Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Halberton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Hockworthy Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1759-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Holcombe Rogus Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1844 Bur: 1813-1837; Huntsham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1750-1838; Loxbeare Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1983; Morebath Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Petton Chapelry Bampton Parish Bapt: 1813-1839 Bur: 1813-1861; Sampford Peverell Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton St Peter Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton Cove Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1682-1837 Bur: 1815-1837; Uffculme Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1783-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Uplowman Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Washfield Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Willand Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837.]

Register of Burials in the Parish of Tiverton (Tiverton Wesleyan Church 1834- 1899 and Sampford Peverell Wesleyan Church 1909-1916) [DFHS LOC 285]


Description & Travel

Section on Sampford Peverell  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Sampford Peverell Web-site -  "by, for, and about the village of Sampford Peverell in Devon . . . owned and maintained by Sampford Peverell Parish Council", with pictures, history, links, etc.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Sampford Peverell - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

You can see pictures of Sampford Peverell which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Geare, Ralph Holwell. Holwells of Bampton, Tiverton, Sampford Peverell and Bradninch. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26, 1954-55, pp. 8-10.



Transcriptions by Ann Franklin of accounts of the Sampford Ghost from the Taunton Courier for 23 Aug 1810 and 30 Aug 1810.

Brief history and photograph of St Boniface's Home For Boys, Sampford Peverell, provided by The Children's society.

The Eighteenth Century Inhabitants of Sampford Peverell, Devon by The Sampford Peverell Society, provided by the Friends of Devon Archives.

Sampford Peverell manor & church: a very short history of the parish from Saxon times to the present day. (1968) 15p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SAM 5/0001/SAM]

Bernhardt, Bridget and Holley, Jenny. Sampford Peverell of Yesteryear, (2001). [ISBN 1899073973] [DFHS Library p942.35/SAM]



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST030142 (Lat/Lon: 50.91908, -3.381324), Sampford Peverell which are provided by:


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of John Broom (1786) by David Broom and Diane Harris.

Transcripts of the wills of Francis Hagley otherwise Surrage, Gentleman (1763) and James Lavalade (1835) by Ros Dunning.

Transcript of the will of John Merson (1832) by Art Ames.



Sampford Peverell Society website - history, publications, will transcripts, directory pages, etc.