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Sidbury, Devon

Historical Description

Sidbury, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Sid, 3 miles N by E of Sidmouth station on the L. & S.W.R.; was once a market-town; and has a fair on the Wednesday before 20 Sept. It has a post and money order office under Sidmouth; telegraph office, Sidmouth. The parish contains also the village of Sidford and the hamlet of Harcombe. Acreage, 6766; population, 1148. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. Cotford House, Court Hall, and Sidbury Manor are the chief residences. A camp, successively British, Roman, Saxon, and Danish, and measuring about 1500 feet by 300, is on the ridge of Castle Hill, and several ancient earthworks are in other parts. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £420 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is partly Norman partly Later English, and has a tower rebuilt in 1846. The whole building was thoroughly restored in 1886. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishSidbury St. Giles 
HundredEast Budleigh 
Poor Law unionHoniton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Sidbury

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sidbury from the following:


Online maps of Sidbury are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX10
Post TownSidmouth