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Sandford, Devon


Sandford, Devon

Coordinates: 50°48′38″N 3°39′46″W / 50.810522°N 3.662816°W / 50.810522; -3.662816

Sandford, Devon
Population 3,280 [1]
OS grid reference SS828025
District Mid Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Crediton
Postcode district EX17
Dialling code 01363
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Tiverton and Honiton
List of places

Sandford is a village and civil parish in the District of Mid Devon within Devon, England.


The Grade II listed school main building dates from 1825, and is notable for its classical Greek architecture and cob walls, thought to be the highest of their kind in the country.[2]


The village has its own community-owned shop and post office, two pubs and a school along with a church and minor football and cricket teams.

It is linked by cycle/foot path to nearby Crediton through the Millennium Green - a wild flower meadow with herb garden, example of cob walling, and a large pond.

The actors Luke and Harry Treadaway were raised in the village.

Historic estates


Effigies of Sir John de Sully (1282-1388), KG, and his wife Isobel exist in Crediton Parish Church. Sully was lord of the manor of Iddesleigh, but was said by Westcote (d.circa 1637) to have had his seat at "Rookesford, lately the land of Chichester and alienated to Davye", i.e. Ruxford, in the parish of Sandford about 1/2 mile north-west of Crediton. He held Rokysforde of John de Raleigh of Raleigh in the parish of Pilton, as is evidenced in the latter's deed of 1362 now held in the North Devon Record Office.[3] The heir of John de Raleigh by marriage to his daughter Thomasine was the Chichester family of Raleigh. According to Hoskins the estate of Ruxford is recorded in a charter dated 930 in which a large estate was granted to the canons of Crediton Church.[4] The existing farmhouse known as Ruxford Barton was rebuilt in 1608 by the Chichester family, as is evidenced by a strapwork cartouche in plaster-work displaying the arms of that family with initials and date 1608, in the principal bedroom on the first floor of the parlour wing.[5] It appears to have been purchased from the Chichesters in the 17th. century by the Davie family of nearby Creedy Park in the same parish of Sandford.

West Sandford

Francis Hall (d.1728) of West Sandford, Crediton, married Frances Quicke, daughter of Andrew Quicke (1666-1736) of Newton St. Cyres, Devon. A monument to Francis Hall (d.1728) exists in Newton St Cyres Church.[6] She married secondly Sir John Chichester, 4th Baronet (1689-1740), of Youlston Park,[7][8][9] to whose family the estate of West Sandford appears to have descended. West Sandford was a very large mansion about 2 1/2 miles NW of Crediton, near the ancient Chichester estate of Ruxford, of which a watercolour painting was made in 1797 by the Devon topographer Rev. John Swete. The latter wrote of West Sandford in his Travel Journal in 1797 as follows: "The appearance of this house, built with brick and decorated with white mouldings, is of great respectability. Its contiguous gardens with high walls and large gates and the groves that shelter it on the NE speak it to have been the residence of some person of consequence who had a relish for things of former days and was too advanced in years to adopt the improvements of modern taste. It was long the property and abode of Lady Chichester and by her decease a few years ago became a possession of Sir John Chichester of Youlston, Bart. Beheld in its two fronts from a rising point of the public road it had such extent of building as to possess a degree of magnificence; nor has it less to recommend itself for its situation, having spread out before its windows some of the richest pasture ground in the county. What ingredients of the picturesque, taking advantage of the road as a foreground, may enter into the composition of the scenery, may be collected from the following sketch".[10] This large house had already been demolished by 1822 as reported by Lysons, who stated the estate was then owned by John Quicke, Esq.[11]The memory of this house has faded, no mention of its former existence having been made by Pevsner or Hoskins, the leading modern authorities on such matters.


External links

  • Sandford Community Website
  • Sandford School

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