Sampford Courtenay

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Sampford Courtenay
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Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay is located in Devon
Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay
Sampford Courtenay shown within Devon
Population 509 (2001)
OS grid reference SS6301
Civil parish
  • Sampford Courtenay
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OKEHAMPTON
Postcode district EX20
Dialling code 01837
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
DevonCoordinates: 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 509.[1]

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

It was served by the nearby Sampford Courtenay railway station at Belstone Corner. This station still operates as a halt on the Dartmoor Railway summer weekend service between Okehampton and Exeter.

Literature[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : West Devon Retrieved 28 January 2010
  2. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 165

External links[edit]

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