Welcome to Sandford

Sandford is a rural parish with a great sense of community.  It has two pubs (The Rose and Crown and The Lamb Inn), a community shop with Post Office, two recreation grounds and a tennis court.  There is a dedicated footpath/cycleway from Sandford village to Crediton via the ‘Millennium Green’.

There are many important historic estates within the area, four of which fall within Sandford’s parish.  One is Dowrich Farm; an old Castle keep, from which a 15th Century gatehouse still survives, next to the ancient Dowrich House Grade II listed mansion house.  The Grade II listed school building dates from 1825 and is notable for its classical Greek architecture and cob walls, thought to be the highest of their kind in the country.  St Swithun’s Church in Sandford has traces in its structure to the Saxon period, with the majority of its building dating to the 13th and 14th centuries.  The Church is known for its wonderful array of 16th century carved bench ends depicting various different figures.

The actor Luke Treadaway grew up in Sandford.  He is best known for his roles in Clash of the Titans (2010) and the Oscor-nominated Unbroken (2014).

What’s On in Sandford?

Annual Events include:

  • The Sandford Flower Show held on the August Bank Holiday Monday
  • The Sandford School Strawberry Fair held in July
  • The Scarecrow  Trail held in the summer holidays, and
  • The Sandford Congregational Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Sandford is also well known for its Olde Worlde Street Markets held in Church Street. A 1940’s themed Street Market is likely to take place in May 2020 to mark the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day.


Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Sandford: East Village / CC BY-SA 2.0

Towns and Villages


  • Parking
  • Toilets


  • Towns and Villages