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The Church, Sidbury - - 974602.jpg
St Giles's church, Sidbury
Sidbury is located in Devon
Sidbury shown within Devon
Population 800 
OS grid reference SY140918
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SIDMOUTH
Postcode district EX10
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°43′11″N 3°13′15″W / 50.71981°N 3.2207°W / 50.71981; -3.2207Coordinates: 50°43′11″N 3°13′15″W / 50.71981°N 3.2207°W / 50.71981; -3.2207

Sidbury is a large village north of Sidmouth on the A375 road in Devon, England. In 1951 the civil parish had a population of 2507.[1]

It is situated on the River Sid, which rises at Crowpits Covert (OSGB36 grid reference SY138963) and runs for 6 miles (10 km) to Lyme Bay at Sidmouth. There is a working watermill in the village.

Sidbury is mentioned in the Domesday Book as the manor of Sideberia, held by Bishop Osbern of Exeter.

The Church of St Peter and St Giles has a Norman tower topped with a spire, a Saxon crypt, a gunpowder storage room dating from the Napoleonic era and a 500-year-old font. The tower has eight bells, the earliest dating from 1662 and 1663. Six more were hung in 1712, 1750, 1752, 1776 and two in 1947 to complete the present eight.[citation needed] Both the tower and the rest of the church are Norman but the tower was accurately rebuilt in 1884. The north aisle is possibly 13th century and the south porch Perpendicular. The windows are medieval and of various periods; the octagonal font is Perpendicular.[2] The church is a Grade I listed building.[3]

The village has one pub, the Red Lion, and one butcher's shop also selling groceries and newspapers. There is a regular bus service to Sidmouth and Exeter.

Above the village is Sidbury Castle, the site of an Iron Age hill fort.

A small hamlet of Sidbury in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, was founded by Lt. Richard Daniell, R.N. a native of the subject of this article. Daniell was the leader of Daniell party of 1820 Settlers to South Africa. He also helped found the Anglican church there and named it after his home church. The actress Joan Hickson is buried in the churchyard, she is interred under her married name of Joan Bogle Butler.

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