Sid Vale Association

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The Sid Vale Association is a voluntary, countryside conservation society based within and around the coastal town of Sidmouth in the English county of Devon.

It was the first Civic Society in Britain, founded in 1846[1] by John Carslake. Its present aims are to conserve, manage and improve areas of the countryside surrounding Sidmouth. The Society owns over 50 acres (200,000 m2) of the countryside surrounding Sidmouth and has done extensive work within and around the town especially around 'The Byes Walk' that runs from Sidford to Sidmouth. Some of the association's more well-known works were the development of 'Margaret's Meadow' and the preservation of 'Bluebell Wood' located on Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth.


  • President - Mr Denzil Taylor[2]
  • Chairman - Rev Handel Bennett
  • Vice Chairman - Mr Denzil Taylor [1]
  • General secretary - Mr Alan Darrant
  • Treasurer - Mr. Neville Staddon


  • Cornish, James George and Potbury, H.S. The story of the River Sid Sidmouth, Sid Vale Association (1927) 12 pp.[3]
  • Gibbens, G H Ed Strolls Around Sidmouth Using Your Car Sidmouth, Sid Vale Association (1963)[4]
  • Wilson, Ronald Eliot Salcombe Regis sketches. Sid Vale Association (1975) 28p, plates: ill, map, ISBN 0-9504307-0-6[5]
  • Bypaths around Sidmouth : [12 walks with many local notes and a special large double map] Sidmouth, Sid Vale Association (1983)[6]
  • Creeke, Julia Historic Sidmouth : life and times in Sidmouth : a guide to blue plaques Sidmouth, Sid Vale Association (c1992) 56p, drawings by David Bridgeman, ISBN 1-85522-179-9[6]


  1. ^ Richmond Independent. "Clubs, charities and societies in the Sid Valley". The Sidmouth Diary. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Environmental Services in Sidmouth, Devon, UK". Sidmouth Town Council. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  3. ^ Brian Randell (2006). "Sidmouth". Genuki. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Strolls Around Sidmouth Using Your Car". ANTIQBOOK. Retrieved 2006-11-23. [dead link]
  5. ^ Brian Randell (2005). "Salcombe Regis". Genuki. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Search terms: Sid Vale Association ; sorted on Title, date". COPAC. Retrieved 2006-11-26.