[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"SAMPFORD-PEVERELL, a parish in the hundred of Halberton, county Devon, 4 miles S.E. of Tavistock, its post town, and 2½ N.E. of Tiverton Road railway station. The village, which is said to have been anciently a borough, is situated on the Grand Western canal, and on the high road from Taunton to Tiverton. The woollen manufacture was formerly extensively carried on at this place. The soil is of a sandy nature, upon a subsoil of rock and gravel. The line of the Bristol and Exeter railway passes through the parish. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £270. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, has a tower containing a clock and five bells. The interior of the church contains tombs of the Peverels and Pauletts, to whom the manor formerly belonged. From the churchyard a view is obtained as far as Sidmouth Gap, about 25 miles distant. There is a National school for both sexes. The Wesleyans and Bible Christians have each a place of worship. The old Manor House, once occupied by Margaret Countess of Richmond, and mother of Henry VII., and subsequently by Sir Amias Paulett, who had the custody of Mary Queen of Scotts at the time of her execution, was taken down in 1775. An annual fair occurs on the following Monday after Crediton great market."