A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
SAMPFORD-PEVERELL, a parish in the hundred of HALBERTON, county of DEVON, 5 miles (E. by N.) from Tiverton, containing 739 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £23. 8. 11½., and in the patronage of J. Sillifant and T. Hugo, Esqrs. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, has some elegant screen-work; one of the aisles is said to have been built by Margaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of Henry VII. The manor-house, in which she resided, afterwards belonged to Sir Amias Paulett, who had custody of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the time of her execution. It was a castellated building, erected about 1337, and taken down in 1775. Sampford-Peverell was anciently a borough, and had a considerable woollen manufactory. The Grand Western canal passes through the parish. There are a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, and an endowed school.