[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"SIDBURY, a parish in the hundred of East Budleigh, county Devon, 3 miles N. of Sidmouth, its post town, and 4 S.W. of Honiton. The village, which is considerable, was formerly a market town. It is situated on the river Sid, which falls into the English Channel at Sidmouth. The inhabitants are chiefly agricultural. The parish contains the hamlets of Tidford, Harcombe, and Burscombe. The soil consists of marl, clay, and sand. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £476, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower containing a clock and six bells. The parochial charities produce about £70 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. The Independents have a place of worship. Didbury House, Castle House, Cotford House, Court Hall, Mount Edgar, Sivonia, and Primley Hill, are the principal residences. D. Cave, Esq., is lord of the manor. A cattle fair is held on the Wednesday prior to the 20th September, and on the Tuesday before Ascension Day."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003