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Sampford-Peverell (St. John the Baptist)

SAMPFORD-PEVERELL (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of Halberton, Collumpton and N. divisions of Devon, 5 miles (E. by N.) from Tiverton; containing 857 inhabitants. This place is distinguished as having been the residence of Margaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of Henry VII. The house in which she lived, subsequently belonged to Sir Amias Poulett, who had the custody of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the time of her execution; it was a castellated building, erected in 1337, and taken down in 1775. The woollen trade was formerly carried on extensively at this place, which is said to have been anciently a borough. The district abounds with excellent limestone, and there are several kilns for burning it. The Grand Western canal, and the Bristol and Exeter railway, pass through the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £23. 8. 11½.; net income, £270; patrons and impropriators, the Pidsley family. The church, of which one aisle is said to have been built by the Countess of Richmond, contains some interesting monuments. From the churchyard a fine view is obtained of the adjacent country, and of Sidmouth Gap, about twenty-five miles distant.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.