"SIDBURY, an ancient compact village, in the picturesque valley of the river Sid, three miles N.N.E. of Sidmouth, is sheltered on either side by verdant hills, . . . The parish of Sidbury comprises 8220 acres of land, and had 1772 inhabitants in 1841, but has now about 2000. It includes the long village of SIDFORD,. halfway between Sidbury and Sidmouth, where there is a good bridge, on the Exeter and Lyme Regis road. It rises in bold hills on both sides of the valley, and comprises many scattered farm-houses, and several handsome villas, with tasteful grounds, commanding pleasing views. . . . Court Hall, the manor house, is the seat and property of Henry Hunt, Esq., and he and his family own Woodhouse, Wooton, Sidbury House, Plyford, and other estates in this large parish. The manor of Stone and Sidford was anciently held by the Pym, Periam, Pole and Bartlett families. . . . The Church (St. Giles,) is a fine structure, of Norman and perpendicular architecture, which has undergone many repairs and alterations. . . . The parish is in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are also appropriators of the great tithes, and patrons of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £28, and in 1831 at £576. The Rev. Hy. Fellowes, M.A. is the incumbent, and has six acres of glebe, and a neat residence, built in 1814, at a cost of £1200. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Sidford is a modern chapel of ease (1865).



Harpley, W. William Rutter Bayley, M.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1879, Vol XI, p. 48. [transcript]

Harpley, W. Sir Stephen Cave, G.C.B. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1880, Vol XII, pp. 56-57. [transcript]



MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Churchyard, Sidbury, is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 3 of Devon Memorial inscriptions, DE/M15.

Skinner, A.J.P.S. M.I. Hugh Gundry, Sidbury. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 106. [Transcript]



An 1829 census of Sidbury, giving names and ages, is to be found in the Devon Record Office (DRO 2096A/PZ 1).

Sidbury Census - 1829, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D053). [Foreword]


Church History

Cave, Walter. Sidbury Church. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 35, (1903) pp.353-359. [Index]

Cave, Daniel Charles Addington and Blakiston, C. H. A short history of Sidbury Church, Devon. Exeter (1897) 20 p.

Garwood, Peter. Sidbury Church and its 7th Century Crypt: A Guide to a Unique East Devon Church. Parochial Church Council of St Giles Sidbury with St Peter Sidford (Dec. 1998) 36pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0953462704][SoG Library: Shelf 9 (DE/LOC)]

Softly, Barbara. Sidbury's Church of a Thousand Years, Mrs B. Softly, Bundels, Ridgway, Sidbury, Devon EX10 0SF (2000?).

Various. Two Interesting Authors. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), pp. 201,  240-243. [Full text 1, Full text 2]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1813 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Presbyterian/Independent/Congregational Chapel: Registers for 1757-1836 (ZC), 1820-36 (B) in PRO RG 4/448; 1844-1961 (C), 1846-1961 (M), 1844-1972 (B) at DRO

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1609-1824, and Marriages 1609-1634, 1670, 1721, 1738-1775, 1791-1824 from the BTs, Independent Chapel Christenings 1767-1836.

French, C. The Sidbury Churchwardens' Accounts, 1741-1839. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 27 (1956-58) pp.47-50.

Scott, Joan. Sidbury parish records. Typescript (1991) 13p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/SID 3/0001/SCO]

The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

Section on Sidbury  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Evans, John, AM. (1799). An excursion into the West of England during the month of July 1799. In Four Letters to a Friend, Letter II, The Monthly Visitor and Entertaining Pocket Companion, Vol. 8, London: H D Symonds, pp. 140-157. [Index]

You can see pictures of Sidbury which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Chris Graves, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1803-1907 & Burials 1813-1868.)

Bayley, A.R. Sidbury, Devon. Devon Notes and Queries 1, 1900-1, pp. 132. [Raymond: Murder of Richard Kerslake, 1664.] [Transcript]

Cawsey, David. The Downfall of Frederick Reed Eveleigh - and the Rescue of George Eveleigh, Devon Family Historian, vol. 116, (Nov 2005) pp.27-31. [The Eveleigh family of Sidmouth, and Susan Barker of Heavitree (1808-86)]

Cooper, Paul. The Devon Connection - More Odd Coincidences, Devon Family History, vol. 177, (2021) pp.37-38. [Adolphus Farrant]

Skinner, A.J.P. Wolcott of Sidbury. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:3, (1908) pp.79-83. [See also vol.5, p.255, par.137.]



Edwards, E. Devonshire - Containing Historical, Biographical and Descriptive Notices of Exmouth & its Neighbourhood, including the Exe, Littleham, Withycombe Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton and Bicton, Sidmouth and Sidbury, Gittisham, Ottery St. Mary, Lympstone, and Topsham; with Notices of the Pedigree of the Rolle, Raleigh, and Courtney Families, &c. Contains Notices of some Picturesque and Antiquarian Excursions in the neighbourhood of the Exe Estuary, and along the adjacent coast, including Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, &c., Exeter, S. Drayton & Sons (1867) 362 pp.

Huyse, P.V.D.. Sand: A short history. [SoG Library: Devon tracts box]

Medley, George A. History of Sidbury. [Sidbury]: [G.A.Medley] [1984] 32p. ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SID 3/0001/MED] [Index]

Morshead, J.Y.A. Our four parishes: Sidmouth, Sidbury, Salcombe Regis and Branscombe. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 35 (1903) pp. 146-155. [Index]

Softly, Barbara. Tapping at the garden gate: everyday life in the village of Sidbury, Devon during the nineteenth century. Tiverton: Westcountry Books (1995) 80p: ill, maps. [ISBN 1898386226] [Index]

Softly, Barbara. Within the Bounds: Sidbury Parish Past and Present. Tiverton: Westcountry Books. (1998) 31p. [Index]

Softly, Barbara. Further Tappings at Sidbury Gates: Tales from the Twentieth Century. Tiverton: Westcountry Books. (1998) 88p. [ISBN 1 898386 29 3] [Index]

Sutton, Anna. A story of Sidmouth and the villages of Salcombe Regis, Branscombe, Sidbury and Sidford. Chichester: Phillimore (1973) 205p: ill.

Sidbury Church and Parish. Sidbury: Sidbury Parochial Church Council. (c1994) 24p. [Index]



The records of Sidbury Manor are held at DRO.



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SY139917 (Lat/Lon: 50.718526, -3.221009), Sidbury which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Sidbury contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.


Probate Records

Will of James West (1768), transcribed by Christine Stables.

Will of Edward Searle (1745), transcribed by Ros Dunning.

Will of Nicholas Warren (1760), Thomas Warren (1816) and Robert Chown (1829), transcribed by Art Ames.