St Andrew, Sampford Courtenay, Devon

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The church has chancel, nave with N and S aisles and S porch, W tower, and a vestry attached to the E of the chancel.  The church was entirely rebuilt c. 1450, and restored in 1899 by G. Fellowes Prynne.  The fabric is substantially of granite with some shale-type stone.  The font is the only 12thc. feature.  


Before the Conquest Sampford Courtenay was held by Northmann. After the Conquest it was held by Baldwin the sheriff who was also tenant-in-chief.





Located at the W end of the nave on the steps to the tower.   The font sits on a two-stepped plinth. A stepped, double-chamfered octagonal base rises to an octagonal stem, which supports the font bowl. The bowl is square with inclined sides. It has fluting on all faces except the W which has a row of irregular zigzag. The bowl is of Purbeck marble and is lead-lined.  The octagonal support and base are of pink granite. The entire rim of the bowl has been reattached with cement and there is a further repaired break c. 0.12 m from the bottom of the bowl.  The sides are also damaged. The E face is the best preserved. 

height of bowl 0.32 m
total height 0.95 m
width of bowl 0.74 m x 0.73 m


The octagonal supports are of later date than the font itself. The font would have had four supports at the angles, there are rounded projections at the angles on the underside of the font bowl which are likely to be seating for the supports. It may also have had a central support.


  • C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 16, 14.

  • F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 246.

  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 714–5. 


General view.


Site Location
Sampford Courtenay
National Grid Reference
SS 633 013 
now: Devon
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Devon
now: Exeter
medieval: Exeter
now: St Andrew
medieval: St Andrew (pre-Reformation)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Hazel Gardiner 
Visit Date
14 September 2005