Baron Sandford is a title that has been created twice, both times in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came in 1891 when Sir Francis Sandford, a civil servant who played an important role in the implementation of the Elementary Education Act 1870, was made Baron Sandford, of Sandford in the County of Salop. He was the son of Sir Daniel Sandford, politician and Greek scholar, the grandson of the Right Reverend Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh, the brother of Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Tasmania, and the first cousin of the Right Reverend Charles Sandford, Bishop of Gibraltar. He was childless and the title became extinct on his death in 1893.
The second creation came in 1945 when the Conservative politician Sir James Edmondson was created Baron Sandford, of Banbury in the County of Oxford. Lord Sandford was son of James Edmondson who amassed a fortune building new communities in the London commuter belt. The family had originally been farmers in Cumbria. Lord Sandford had previously represented Banbury in the House of Commons and served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household from 1939 to 1942 and as Treasurer of the Household from 1942 to 1945. He was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He at first served in the Royal Navy but later became a priest. Lord Sandford also served in minor positions in the Conservative government of Edward Heath. As of 2012[update] the title is held by the latter's son, the third Baron, who succeeded in 2009.
Barons Sandford; First Creation (1891)
Barons Sandford; Second Creation (1945)
- (Albert) James Edmondson, 1st Baron Sandford (1886–1959)
- John Cyril Edmondson, 2nd Baron Sandford (1920–2009)
- James John Mowbray Edmondson, 3rd Baron Sandford (b. 1949)
The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon. Devon John Edmondson (b. 1986)
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Sandford, a township in the parish of Prees, Whitchurch Division of the hundred of North Bradford, Northern Division of the county of Salop, 5 1/2 miles NE from Wem; containing, with the hamlets of Darleston, Fauls, and Mickley, 487 inhabitants.Sandford, a township in the parish of Prees, Whitchurch Division of the hundred of North Bradford, Northern Division of the county of Salop, 5 1/2 miles NE from Wem; containing, with the hamlets of Darleston, Fauls, and Mickley, 487 inhabitants.
- "No. 37193". The London Gazette. 24 July 1945. p. 3835.
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- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]