Historian W G Hoskins claimed that Sidbury church (St. Giles) is one of the most interesting in Devon. Restoration work on the chancel in 1898-9 revealed a Saxon crypt underneath. The structural history of the Norman and later church is well documented. There was substantial reconstruction in the mid-15th century when the aisles were rebuilt, the walls of the nave raised and fine wagon rooves inserted throughout the church, new windows were inserted and a new font installed. Extensive repairs were made early in the 17th century by John Stone, freemason (probably father of the famous Nicholas Stone), whose tomb dated 1617 is in the chancel. In 1843-5 the Norman tower was taken down and rebuilt to the old design; the spire was added in 1895. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.