"SANDFORD, a straggling village, in three detached portions, called East and West Sandford and New Buildings, in the vale of the small river Creedy, from 2 to 4 miles north of Crediton; has in its parish 1998 souls, and 7770 acres of fertile land, including many scattered farm-houses, &c. . . . The manor of Combe Lancelles was anciently held by the Lancelles family, but has been possessed more than two centuries by the Davie family, one of whom was created a baronet in 1641. Sir H.R.F. Davie, Bart., the present owner of this manor and of Ruxford and other estates, resides at CREEDY PARK, . . . Dowrich House belongs with a large estate, to its present occupant, E.I. Clayfield, Esq., . . . The Church (St. Swithen,) is a neat Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells, and has recently been new seated and enlarged, . . . The church was built at the beginning of the 14th century, and has a beautiful font of Caen stone, and several memorials of the Dowrich and Davie families. The parish was formerly a chapelry of Crediton, and derives considerable benefit from Crediton Church Corporation Trust, . . . The Rev. Chas. Gregory is the present incumbent, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Also known as Sampford St Swithun. A parish in Crediton Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Exeter.
MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Swithin is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 7 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M20).
Skinner, A.J.P. Brudenell M I, Sandford Church. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), p. 92. [Transcript]
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]
Censuses for Sandford for 1775, 1783, 1790, 1793 & 1800 are held in Devon R.O. at Exeter.
Transcription of the Sandford Censuses for 1775 and 1783, provided by Judy Smith.
Name index to the 1790, 1793 and 1795 Sandford censuses, provided by Angela Perkins.
Glover, Gill. Sandford Census, 1790, 1793, 1800. Devon Family Historian, vol. 53 (1990) pp. 14- 18.
Sandford - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Sandford Congregational Church, Devon, 1847-1947 (1947) p: ill.
Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Mfc of Sandford Bap 1603-1906, Marr 1603-18/19, 1626-1837, Bur 1603-1752, 1754-1856, Banns 1754-1814, 1823-1954 are held at the SoG Library [DR/REG/117500].
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1603-1837, and Marriages 1603-1837.
Deanery Of Cadbury - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 And Burials 1813-1837, CD060, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Brampford Speke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Cadbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Cadeleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1810-1837; Cheriton Fitzpaine Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Colebrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Crediton Presbyterian Chapel Bur: 1826-1837; Crediton Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Down St Mary Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1770-1837; Kennerleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Morchard Bishop Bapt: 1813-1837 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Nether Exe Bapt: 1814-1851 Mar: 1773-1807 Bur: 1813-1856; Newton St. Cyres Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Poughill Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1770-1837; Sandford Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shobrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh English Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh Pomeroy Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1752-1837 Bur: 1813-1851; Thorverton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1839 Bur: 1813-1837; Upton Hellions Bapt: 1813-1842 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1678-1929; Upton Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1800-1837.]
Inquest Report, on John (Cowell) Morrish (25 April 18540), provided by Lesley Plant.
Section on Sandford from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sandford to another place.
Dalton, Mike F. Epaphras Seage & Bad Granny, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) pp.30-31.
Dodderidge, Sidney E. A short sketch of the family and manor of Dodderidge, Co.Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries vol. 3, no. 5, (1905) pp.169-173. [Index]
Hunt, John G. The ancestry of Mary Gye, wife of the Rev. John Maverick, New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. 115, 1961, pp. 248-53. See also 122, 1968, pp. 282-3.
Trease, G.E. Dowrich and the Dowrich family of Sandford, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33, 1974, pp. 37-8, 71 73, 113-7, 154-5, 208-11, 252-7, & 348-52.
Williamson, B. The Clayfield-Irelands. Typescript (1986) 7p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.2/CLA]
You can see the administrative areas in which Sandford has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Sue Davey's Sandford pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.
Munday, Daphne. A parish patchwork. Penwell Ltd, Parkwood, Callington, Cornwall (1985) xiv, 294 pp. ill., maps, facsims., plans, ports. ISBN: 0951042408 (pbk). [Pat Gallin <gallin[at]westnet.com[dot]au>: an excellent commentary on the villages of New Buildings, Preston Village,West Sandord, East Village, Sandford and Upton Hellions.]
Historical notes, correspondence etc. re the Crediton armorial window 1925-6 and notes on Crediton and Sandford. Manuscript (1926) 1 box. [Westcountry Studies Library - Formerly Ms.18]
Reichel, O.J. Translation of an Agreement, dated Michaelmas, 1669, in the possession of the Rev. G. Llewellin, Vicar of Sandford. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 91-2. [Transcript]
A Brief History of Ten Farms in Sandford Parish 1910-2010, Sandford Heritage Group. [Devon FHS p925.25]
View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS828025 (Lat/Lon: 50.81016, -3.664826), Sandford which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Glover, Gillian. The Overseers' Accounts for the Parish of Sandford. Devon Family Historian 60 (1991) pp.22-23.
Will of Roger Wreford (1537) provided by John Moore.
Summary of the will of Roger Wreford (1791) provided by John Moore.
Will of John Mortimer (1604), probided by Diana Allen.