"SIDMOUTH ranks next to Torquay and Exmouth among the fashionable watering places on the southern coast of Devonshire, . . . It is a pretty market town and bathing place, . . . distant 16 miles E. by S. of Exeter, 6 miles S. by E. of Ottery St Mary, and 10 miles E.N.E. of Exmouth. Its parish contains 1539 acres of land, and increased its population from 1252 in 1801, to 3309 souls in 1841, and they have since been augmented to about 4000. . . . The town is well-lighted with gas, and has recently been supplied with pure soft water. from the Cotmaton springs. It has some highly respectable shops, several good inns and hotels, and many well-furnished lodging-houses and villas, suitable for the middle and higher class of visitors. . . . On the east and west sides of the town rise two immense hills, about 500 feet high, with a little valley between them, through which the little river Sid runs to the sea. Along the bottom of this valley lies the town, with a considerable part of its front towards the sea. On the slopes of the valley, extending about a mile inland, are the suburbs, studded with villas, cottage-ornees, and every description of marine residence. . . . The Parish Church of Sidmouth, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was originally in the perpendicular style; but . . . very little of its ancient character remains. . . . The Rev. Wm. Jenkins, M.A., is impropriator of the great tithes, and also patron and incumbent of the vicarage, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.
Information about the Sidmouth Museum can be found at the Devon Museums web-site.
Reminiscences of Sidmouth by Bill Maeer, from Devon24 (archived copy).
Anonymous Letters in Sidmouth - an account of a dispute involving the Rev. Frederick Luttrel Moysey.
Clements, H.G.J. A local antiquary. Reminiscences of the late Peter Orlando Hutchinson, Esq. of Sidmouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 35, (1903) pp.338-352. [1810-1897] [Index]
Creeke, Julia. Historic Sidmouth: Life and Times in Sidmouth: A guide to the blue plaques, Sid Vale Association (1992). [SoG Library: Devon tracts box]
Gilbert, Edmund W. Vaughan Cornish, 1862-1948, and the advancement of knowledge relating to the beauty of scenery in town and country: a lecture. Oxford Preservation Trust (1965) 21p: maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - 920/COR]
Harpley, W. Obituary notices: Nicholas Samuel Heineken. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1884, Vol XVI, pp. 59-64. [Transcript]
Harpley, W. Obituary notices: Benjamin Terry Hodge. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1884, Vol XVI, pp. 64-65. [Transcript]
Harpley, W. Obituary notices: Peter Orlando Hutchinson. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 30, (1898) pp.44-46. [1810-1897]
Hutchinson, Peter Orlando. The diary of Peter Orlando Hutchinson of Sidmouth, Devon: historian and antiquary, 1810-97. Photocopy of manuscript (1981) 294p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx920/HUT]
Jerrett, Beth. The Sidmouth Connection, Devon Family Historian, vol. 166, (2018) p.16. [Describes project to conserve papers of former Prime Minister, Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, held at the Devon Heritage Centre]
Osborne, J.D. Stephen Reynolds. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 111, (1979) pp.49-57. [Writer, 1881-1919]
Pengelly, W. Richard Napoleon Thornton (Obituary). Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1876, Vol VIII, pp. 47-48. [Transcript]
Scoble, Christopher. Fisherman's Friend: A Life of Stephen Reynolds, Halsgrove (2005) 818 pp. [ISBN 1-84114-092-9] [Stephen Reynolds (1881-1919) - writer, social explorer, politician, administrator, propagandist for fishermen and working people generally, came to live in Sidmouth in 1906]
Wells, Alice. Peter Orlando Hutchinson and his Cats in the Late Nineteenth Century. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.196-199.
Worth, R.N. Common Seals of Plymouth, Sidmouth and Stonehouse. In: The Common Seals of Devon, Part III, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, p 269. [Transcript]
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Parish Church and Churchyard is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 7 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M20).
Ormiston, H.L. Catalogue of Tombstones and Monuments in Sidmouth Church and Churchyard. Exeter: William Pollard and Co. (1935). [SoG Library DE/M7]
|All Saints, Sidmouth, Church of England|
|St Francis of Assisi, Sidmouth, Church of England|
|St Giles and St Nicholas, Sidmouth, Church of England|
|Chapel Lane, Sidmouth, United Reform Church|
|High Street, Sidmouth, Methodist|
|The Church of Most Precious Blood, Sidmouth, Roman Catholic|
Bell, Clifford. An account of Methodism in Sidmouth: published in celebration of one hundred years in the High street, 1885-1985. Sidmouth: Methodist Church Cl. (1985) 11p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p287.1/SID/BEL]
Hutchinson, Peter Orlando. A History of the Restoration of Sidmouth Parish Church, including notices of the antiquities found, expenses of the restoration, etc., and much other interesting information; also a complete list of subscribers. Sidmouth: Thomas Perry (1860).
Hutchinson, O. The Cartulary of the Priory of Otterton and Sidmouth. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 1 (1888) pp.88-90, 106-107, 117-119, 139-142, 155-157, 168-171, 187-190.
Ladlay, Edith A. An account of Methodism in Sidmouth: published in celebration of our one hundred years in the High Street, 1885- 1985. [Malthouse Duplicating] 1985, 11 pp. ill. [Sidmouth Methodist Church centenary, 1885-1985].
Norway, Arthur.H. A short history of Sidmouth Parish Church (8th ed.) Gloucester: British Publ.Co. (1966) 40p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/SID/NOR]
Were, Thomas Kennet. Sidmouth parish church. Manuscript [1910?] 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx726.5/SID/WER
Wilson, Ronald E. A history of the independent chapel, now known as Sidmouth Congregational Church. Sidmouth: The Church (1965) 52p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - 285.8/SID/WIL] [Includes lists of ministers, original trustees, etc.]
Parish Registers going back to 1586 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1588, and 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 book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
- Independent/Congregational Chapel (later United Reform Church: Registers for 1815-36 (C) in PRO RG 4/837; 1815-1948 (C), 1955+ (M) 1892+ (B), 1869-91 (membership rolls) with Church Secretary
- Higher or Old Meeting Presbyterian/Unitarian Chapel, Upper High Street: Registers for 1753-1836 (C), 1831-34 (B) in PRO RG 4/1219; 1753-1978 (CMB), 1951-76 (M) at DRO
- Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1809-37 - see Axminster, Budleigh (PRO RG 4/512, 517)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1586-1620, 1631, and Marriages 1586-1801, Higher Meeting Presbyterian Christenings 1753-1836, Marsh Chapel Independent Christenings 1815-1836.
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.]
Inquests Taken into Suspicious or Unexplained Deaths for 1862 - 1873, from the Sidmouth Journal and Directory, transcribed by Lindsey Withers.
Section on Sidmouth from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.
The Sidmouth Guide Online - the official Sidmouth Town Council website.
Sidmouthwebsite - general links plus a large number of photographs of Sidmouth.
Barber, Chips and Sally Barber. Around and about Sidmouth. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (1993) 32p: ill. [ISBN 0946651787]
Berry, Les and Gerald Gosling. Around Sidmouth. Chalford: Chalford Publishing (1994) 128p: chiefly ill. [ISBN 0752401378]
Butcher, Rev. Edmund. Excursion from Sidmouth to Chester in the Summer of 1803 in a series of letters to a lady. London: Cowper, Printed by C. Whitingham, Dean Street, for H.O. Symonds, Paternoster Row, and S. Woolner, Exeter (1805). illus. 462pp. [Contents]
Butcher, Rev Edmund. A new guide descriptive of the beauties of Sidmouth. (4th edition), (1830). Exeter: W C Pollard, printed for John Wallis, Royal Marine Library, Sidmouth. illus. unpaginated. [Full text]
Cornish, V. The Scenery of Sidmouth: Its Natural Beauty and Historic Interest, Cambridge (1940) 86p.
Cresswell, Beatrix F. Sidmouth: And the Neighbourhood from the Otter to the Axe, London, Homeland Association (1926) 80 pp.
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]
George, Eric A. Sidmouth - grace, dignity and peace. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 60 (1971) pp.28-33; ill.
George, Eric A. Sidmouth revisited. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 75 (1972) pp.30-31; ill.
Haseler, H. and Cornish, H. Scenery on the Southern Coast of Devonshire: Comprising Picturesque Views at or near the Fashionable Watering Places, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, and Torquay, Sidmouth, John Wallis (1819) 30p., 30 plates.
Heathcote, V.M. See Sidmouth: A contribution to the European Architectural Heritage Year, (1993). [SoG Library - Devon tracts box]
Rowe, George. Forty-Eight Views of Cottages and Scenery at Sidmouth, Devon, Sidmouth, John Wallis (1826) 48 lithographs. [Includes names of many cottages' owners]
Hutchinson, Peter Orlando. A new guide to Sidmouth and the neighbourhood: Comprising notices of the towns, places and objects of interest within the distance of twenty miles, Sidmouth: Thomas Perry, Printer & Publisher (1857), illus, maps, views, diagrams, pp.iii-viii, 1-152. [Index]
Wallis, John. The beauties of Sidmouth displayed: being a descriptive sketch ... Sidmouth: J.Wallis (1810) [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/1810/WAL] [Index]
A cameo of Sidmouth. Devon Life vol. 5 no. 35, (1969) pp.42-44; ill.
Nelson's guide to Torquay and Exeter, including Dawlish, Teignmouth, Exmouth and Sidmouth, London, Thomas Nelson & Sons (1908) 64p, 3pls: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library B/TOR 7/1908/NEL]
Wallis, John. Picturesque Views of Sidmouth, London, Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme (n.d) 12 pp.
Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sidmouth to another place.
Belfield, E.M.G. The annals of the Addington family: with a chapter on the earlier history contributed by Dorothy Warren. Winchester: Privately publ. (1959) [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/ADD]
Linehan, Catherine. Peter Orlando Hutchinson of Sidmouth, Devon 1810-1897. [1983?] 64p, pl: ill, map, gen tab. [Westcountry Studies Library - s920/HUT]
Logan, Paul. A Middle Name Puzzle - Barratt/Barrett of South East Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 155, (2015) pp.7-8.
Newman, Gary. Charles Edward Easingwood War Grave, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) p.31.
Powell, Brenda. The Denby Family at No 7: Life at Sidmouth in the 1860s. Available from the author: bmpowell[at]feniton.plus[dot]com (2019) 32pp.
Wilson, R.E. The Folletts. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34:3, (1979) pp.94-97; 34:4, (1979) pp.149-154.
You can see the administrative areas in which Sidmouth has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Barber, Chips. Sidmouth, Past and Present. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073566].
Bedford, Francis. Photographic views of Sidmouth and neighbourhood. Chester: Catherral & Prichard [1865?] 10p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/1865/BED]
Bray, Rising. I give you Sidmouth. Sidmouth: Market Press (1935) 233p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/SID 5/0001/BRA]
Burgess, Margaret. A Holiday in Sidmouth, June 1933. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.31-34.
Comer, John H. A short history of Sidmouth and neighbourhood including Bicton, Branscombe, Otterton, Ottery, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury & Sidford. London: F.A.Buckler (1915) 28p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/SID 5/0001/COM]
Cornish, James George and Potbury, H.S. The story of the River Sid, Sidmouth, Sid Vale Association (1927) 12 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SID 1/1927/COR]
Cresswell, Richard. The tourist's and visitor's hand-book to Sidmouth and its neighbour- hood: ... ecclesiastical ... history ... antiquities; climate. London: Whittaker & Co (1841) 63p.
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.
Finch, Mrs. G.A. My Greatgrandfather Richard Pitt, Devon Family Historian, no. 149, (2014) pp.27-28. [Born in Ireland, served as a coastguard in Branscombe and elsewhere, before moving to Sidmouth where he died in 1912]
Gibbens, G.H. Short History of Sidmouth. Trans. Devon Assoc. 82 (1950) pp. 217- 228.
Gosling, Ted. Around Seaton and Sidmouth in old photographs. Sutton,1991, 159 pp. ISBN: 0862999499 (pbk).
Gosling, Ted and Luxton, Sheila. The Book of Sidmouth: Celebrating an Ancient Coastal Town, Halsgrove (2003) 160 pp. [ISBN 1841142999]
Holmes, Geoffrey (ed.) Sidmouth: a history. Sidmouth: Sidmouth Museum (1987) ix, 102p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/0001/SID]
Hutchinson, Peter Orlando. A history of the town, parish and manor of Sidmouth. Manuscript [1880?] 5 vol: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/0001/HUT]
Mogridge, Theodore H. A descriptive sketch of Sidmouth. Sidmouth: J.Harvey (1836) v, , 174p: 2 fld sheets, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/1836/MOG]
Morshead, J.Y.A. Our four parishes: Sidmouth, Sidbury, Salcombe Regis and Branscombe. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 35 (1903) pp. 146-155. [Index]
Reynolds, Stephen. Alongshore: Where Man and the Sea Face One Another, London: MacMillan and Co. (1910) xvii + 325 + 26 pp. [Ambra Books: "Chatty reminiscences of Sidmouth and area"]
Reynolds, Stephen. A Poor Man's House: A celebration of the Sidmouth fishing community in 1907, Sidmouth International Festival & Longshore Productions.(2004) [oG Library: Devon tracts box]
Speight, Anne. The Sidmouth Town Band 1867, Devon Family Historian, vol. 171, (2019) p.30.
Speight, Anne. The Sidmouth Town Band 1867, Devon Family Historian, vol. 171, (2019) p.30.
Sutton, Anna. A story of Sidmouth and the villages of Salcombe Regis, Branscombe, Sidbury and Sidford. Chichester: Phillimore (1973) 205p: ill. [Names]
Tindall, John. Sidmouth chronicles. Typescript (1914) 3 vols: ill, ports
Wallis, Steve. Sidmouth to Beer Through Time, 2011. Stroud Gloucestershire, Amberley Publishing (2011) 96 pp.
Wright, R.B. Pictures from the past. Devon Life vol. 4 no. 29, (1968) pp.32; ill. [Bathing, 1931]
The Sidmouth guide; and a view of the place, with an accurate description of the situation, picturesque beauties ... Sidmouth: John Marsh (1818) 72p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/1818/SID]
A hand-book and history of Sidmouth from the triassic period up to now. London: Griffith, Farram &c (1895) 28p: ill, plates, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SID 5/1895/HAN]
The Storm of 23 November, 1824, at Sidmouth, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 35, (1903) pp.101-103.
Lane, Reginald. Old Sidmouth. Exeter: Devon Books/Wheaton (1990)  pp. ill. ISBN: 0861148622 .
Lane, Reginald. Old Sidmouth. Exeter: Devon Books (1995)  pp. ill. ISBN: 0 86114 895 9 (pb). [A Sid Vale Association publication.]
Indenture dated 1783, between Thomas JENKINS, Henry Frederic ALSTON, Francis STEVENS and Robert LYS, concerning land in York Terrace, Sidmouth, transcribed by Elizabeth Howard.
Summary of a Sidmouth Deed of 1836, charting the progress of the ownership of the manor of Sidmouth, transcribed by Elizabeth Howard.
Mills, Colin. Undated Minutes of the Sidmouth Manorial Court, Devon Family Historian, no. 101, (Feb 2002) pp.26-28. [Satirical minutes of a court meeting and tour of inspection, dating from c 1919.]
Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).
View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SY125873 (Lat/Lon: 50.678758, -3.239792), Sidmouth which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Sidmouth Herald website.
Were, J. Kennet. [Sidmouth and district newspaper cuttings 1889-1902] Scrapbook (1899-) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/SID 5/1889/WER]
Bartlett, Vernon. Sidmouth fishermen and beach during the first decade of the twentieth century. Sidmouth: South West Type.  12p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p929.2/BAR]
Brushfield, T.N. Devon clock makers. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:8, (1905) pp.240. [See vol.3, p.155, par.114; p.200, pars 150, 151.
Reynolds, Stephen. A poor man's house. Oxford University Press (1982) xviii, 205p. [ISBN 0192813269] (Fishing Communities - Orig. pub. MacMillan, 1908)
Hutchinson, P.O. A local antiquary. Reminiscences of the late Peter Orlando Hutchinson, Esq. of Sidmouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 7 (1875). pp. 203-208. [Index]
Will of George Farthing (1810), transcribed by Ros Dunning.
Memoire, A. West Bank School Bideford 1896-1954, Sidmouth 1954-1971, Blagdon Hill, The author (1989) 50p: ill. [North Devon Athenaeum: D373BID/MID]