Sampford Peverell

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Coordinates: 50°55′12″N 3°22′59″W / 50.920°N 3.383°W / 50.920; -3.383

Inland water in front of trees, a house and a church
The Grand Western Canal and St John's church (the house in front of the church is one of the rectories built at the expense of the canal company
Arms of Peverell of Sampford Peverell, Devon: Azure, three garbs argent a chief or[1]

Sampford Peverell is a village and civil parish in Mid-Devon, England. An old Saxon settlement, it was called Sanforda in the 1086 Doomsday Book. Its current name reflects its inclusion in the Honour of Peverel, the lands of William Peverel and his family. His great-grandson, Hugh Peverell (the name had changed spelling), is buried in the village church of St John the Baptist. The parish is surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Burlescombe, Halberton and Uplowman.[2]

The New Rectory was built in 1836, at the expense of the Grand Western Canal Company, in compensation for cutting through the grounds and demolishing the south wing of the Old Rectory which had been built for the use of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.[3] [4] [5]

The Great Western Railway opened a station at Sampford Peverell in 1932 but it closed on 5 October 1964; the site has since been reused as Tiverton Parkway railway station (opened in 1986).

Poltergeist hoax[edit]

In 1810 it was reported that the house of a John Chave in the village was experiencing dramatic poltergeist activity. The case was discussed in the national press of the time, and Chave's house gained such notoriety that in 1811 it was besieged by a mob of rowdy workmen known as navvies. In the scenes that followed, Chave was forced to open fire on the crowd in self-defence, killing one person, a George Helps, buried in the churchyard. The paranormal activity turned out to be noises made by smugglers behind a false wall. The house in question no longer stands, but its location can be pinpointed courtesy of a village information board that denominates it 'The Ghost House, Higher Town - now demolished'.[6]


  1. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.496
  2. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Sampford Peverell The Old Rectory". Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Sampford Peverell The Rectory". Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  5. ^ Michael K Jones (1993). The King's Mother: Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby. Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ Codd, Daniel. Paranormal Devon (2013). Amberley Publishing. p.30-34. ISBN 9781848681668.

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