Sampford Spiney


"SAMPFORD SPINEY parish, on the west side of Dartmoor, and in the valley of the small river Walkham, has 443 souls, and about 1800 acres of land. It includes part of the village of Horrabridge . . . and a number of scattered farm-houses, &c. The manor anciently belonged to the family of Spinet, or De Spineto, and afterwards to the Drakes, Bidgoods, and Hals. John Parlby, Esq., is now lord of the manor; but the Cornish, Cole, and other families, have estates here, mostly freehold. The Church has a tower and three bells, and the living is a perpetual curacy, valued at only £54, with that of Shaugh Prior annexed to it. The Dean and Canons of Windsor are appropriators of the tithes, and patrons of the living, now held by the Rev. S.W. Pearse, B.A., of Cadleigh. The tithes were commuted, in 1841, for £172. 10s. per ann." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter, 4¼ miles S.E. of Tavistock. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.



Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.). William Frederick Collier. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIV, (1902), p. 35. [Transcript]



Brown, Mike. Sampford Spiney (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 1. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1654 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1808-37 - see Tavistock (PRO RG 4/341)

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Sampford Spiney. RT63, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Sampford Spiney Parish Registers Devon Family Historian 32 (1984) p.2.

The Deanery of Tamerton, CD, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2003). [Contains indexes: Bere Ferrers - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Bickleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1811-1837; Buckland Monachorum - Baptisms, 1813-1839 Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Egg Buckland - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Mary Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Meavy - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Peter Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837; Sampford Spiney - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837; Sheepstor - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1856; Tamerton Foliot - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Walkhampton - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Whitchurch - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

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



Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Vol. 1: Bickleigh, Buckland Monachorum, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton. Dartmoor Press (1997)



Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Sampford Spiney, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Goodridge, Judith. The ancient trackway from Plympton to Sampford Spiney. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 85 (1973) pp.36-37; ill.


Land & Property

Brown, Mike. Sampford Spiney. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 2". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.



Brief history of Sampford Manor (archived copy), from the Sampford Manor web-site.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX534724 (Lat/Lon: 50.532956, -4.06991), Sampford Spiney which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Brown, Mike. Trade Directory Entries from 1850, 1857, 1866, 1878, 1890 for the Parishes of Buckland Monachorum, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton, & Whitchurch, inc. the Village of Horrabridge. Dartmoor Press (1997?) 24p.