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St Andrew, Sampford Courtenay, Devon

(50°47′42″N, 3°56′27″W)
Sampford Courtenay
SS 633 013
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Hazel Gardiner
14 September 2005

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Feature Sets

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.





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.


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

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.