Christopher Sandford

Christopher Sandford (1902-1983) of Eye Manor, Herefordshire, was a book designer, proprietor of the Golden Cockerel Press, a founding director of the Folio Society, and husband of the wood engraver and pioneer Corn dolly revivalist, Lettice Sandford, née Mackintosh Rate. During the war he organised preparations for underground resistance from Eye Manor in the event of a Nazi invasion.


He was born in Cork, Ireland, son of Professor Arthur Wellesley Sandford and Mary Carbery, the Anglo-Irish author. By her first marriage he had a half-brother in the Happy Valley set in Kenya. On a skiing holiday in Switzerland he met the engraver Lettice Mackintosh Rate and they were married in 1929.[1] Their son is playwright and musician, Jeremy Sandford.[2]



  1. ^ "Obituary: Lettice Sandford". 7 December 1993. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Sandford, (Christopher) Jeremy (1930–2003), writer - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/90003. Retrieved 17 February 2018. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

Other sourcesEdit

  • "Printing for Love", Sandford, C. in Books and Printing (1963), Bennett, Paul A. (ed), World Publishing Co, Cleveland, Ohio
  • A History of the Golden Cockerel Press (2002), Cave, R. and Manson, S., British Library and Oak Knoll Press
  • The Mercian Maquis (2002), Lowry, B. and Mick Wilks, M. (2002), Logaston Press
  • The Last Ditch: Britain's Resistance Plans Against the Nazis (1968), Lampe, D., Cassell
  • "Obituary: Christopher Sandford" in The Times, 21 March 1983