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Sampford Peverell

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Sampford Peverel; Stamford Barton; Sanford Castelle; Sanforda

In the civil parish of Sampford Peverell.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST02771443
Latitude 50.92122° Longitude -3.38440°

Sampford Peverell has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Remains of a medieval moat. The house which formerly occupied the moated site was granted a licence to crenellate in 1337 and 1339. The present house dates from 1755 and was altered in the late 19th century. It is two storeyed, built of stone rubble, and possibly some cob, with a slate roof. A coach house adjoins to the rear right. (PastScape)

Samford Peverell was recorded as 'Sanforda' in the 1086 Domesday Survey. The borough of Sampford would once have been dominated by Samford Castle which was recorded in the early 17C as a house on the side of a hill. In 1822 the 'castle' or 'castellated mansion' was described as having been built in 1337 by Oliver Dinham & demolished c1775. The site lies to the northwest of 'Sampford Barton' which probably represents the demesne farm of the manor. (Southwest Archaeology 2004)

There are some suggestions the medieval Castle was north of the post-medieval Barton at ST027145, where some 'Surface irregularities are probably the result of quarrying' (Devon and Dartmoor HER 11474). This may represent preconceptions about the nature of houses granted a licence to crenellate, most of which, in fact, were modest moated houses rather than 'castles'. Generally buildings appear to reuse earlier site although there are exceptions. Gatehouse favours the moated site as the location of the licenced C14 house rather than some 'surface irregularties.'

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1337 July 23 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was confirmed in 1339 Oct 25.


icence to crenellate granted to Oliver Dinham in 1337 and confirmed in 1339, when he came of age.
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