Sampford Courtenay

Coordinates: 50°47′32″N 3°56′42″W / 50.7923°N 3.9451°W / 50.7923; -3.9451
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Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay is located in Devon
Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay
Location within Devon
Population600 (2019)
OS grid referenceSS6301
Civil parish
  • Sampford Courtenay
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX20
Dialling code01837
UK Parliament
List of places
50°47′32″N 3°56′42″W / 50.7923°N 3.9451°W / 50.7923; -3.9451

Sampford Courtenay is a village and civil parish in West Devon in England, most famous for being the place where the Western Rebellion, otherwise known as the Prayerbook rebellion, first started, and where the rebels made their final stand. It has a population of around 600.[1]

The Church of St Andrew is mainly built of granite and has an elegant tower.[2]

Between 1867 and 1972, the village was served by the nearby Sampford Courtenay railway station at Belstone Corner. The station reopened for the heritage Dartmoor Railway between 2002 and 2021, after which it closed permanently. Network Rail reclaimed ownership of the Dartmoor line between Yeoford and Okehampton in 2021, but have no plans to reopen the station.


Sampford Courtenay is the area author M.R. James had in mind for his short ghost story Martin's Close published in More Ghost Stories in 1911. The New Inn featured in this story is also a real place and a grade II listed old coaching inn originally built in the 16th century.


  1. ^ "Sampford Courtenay website". Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 165

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