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"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.


Jones, Winslow. Sir John de Sully KG. Trans. Dev. Assoc. vol. 24 (1892) pp. 163-182. [Index]
White-Thomson, R.T. Sir John Davie, fifth baronet of Creedy, 1707-1727. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 36, (1904) pp.116-122.[Emigrant to America, 1707-1727] [Index[


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).

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.

Church History

Sandford - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Sandford Congregational Church, Devon, 1847-1947 (1947) [9]p: ill.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers 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 - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

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.]


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


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. [Raymond: Prowse and Gye families of Sandford, etc. 15-16th c.]
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]


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Sandford from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

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 <>: 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]

Land and Property

A Brief History of Ten Farms in Sandford Parish 1910-2010, Sandford Heritage Group. [Devon FHS p925.25]

Military History

Sandford Roll of Honour, recording the 38 men of Sandford who lost their lives in the First World War, and listing of Sandford Men That Fought in WWI, by Sue Davey.
Trease, G.E. Sandford and the 1569 Muster Roll. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34, 1 (1978) pp.38-39.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Glover, Gillian. The Overseers' Accounts for the Parish of Sandford. Devon Family Historian 60 (1991) pp.22-23. [Raymond: Brief discussion, early 19th c.]

Probate Records

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.

Transcripts of the wills of Robert Burrington (1646), Margaret Burrington (1655) and Thomas Burrington (1657), provided by John Moore.

Transcripts of the abstracts of the wills of William Burrington (1620) and Edward Delve (1654) provided by John Moore.

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