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SANDFORD

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"SANDFORD, a parish in the hundred of Crediton, county Devon, 2 miles N.W. of Crediton, its nearest railway station and post town. The village, which is of large extent, is situated near the small river Creedy, and on the turnpike road from Crediton to South Molton. The parish contains the hamlets of West Sandford, New Buildings, and East Village. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The surface is varied, and the soil a rich red loam. There are quarries of good building stone. The appropriate tithes, belonging to the Governors of the Crediton Charity, have been commuted for a rent-charge of £1,150. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Exeter, value £250, in the patronage of three Governors. The church, dedicated to St. Swithin, was formerly a chapel-of-ease to the mother church of Crediton, and is an ancient stone edifice with a low square tower containing a clock and five bells. The church has a painted E. window inserted as a memorial to the late Sir H. P. Davie, Bart., also several brasses to the Dowrich family. The parochial charities produce about £65 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, built in 1849, and partly endowed. The Independents have a place of worship. Creedy Park and Dowrich House are the principal residences. Fairs are held on the third Monday in March, and the last Monday in July for the sale of cattle."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003