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"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.

General Information

Archives and Libraries

Information about the Sidmouth Museum can be found at the Devon Museums web-site.

Biography

Reminiscences of Sidmouth by Bill Maeer, from Devon24 (archived copy).

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]
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: 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]
Osborne, J.D. Stephen Reynolds. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 111, (1979) pp.49-57. [Writer, 1881-1919]
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.

Cemeteries

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]

Church History

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). [Raymond: The list of subscribers is quite extensive.]
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.]
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Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1586 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers 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 - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

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):

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.]

Description and Travel

The Sidmouth Guide Online - the official Sidmouth Town Council website.

Sidmouth - from EastDevon.Net.

Sidmouthwebsite - general links plus a large number of photographs of Sidmouth.

B. Dodd's Pinn Web Page contains an excellent set of photographs and information about 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]
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.
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.

Directories

Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Gazetteers

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

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Jan Davies, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche

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]
Wilson, R.E. The Folletts. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34:3, (1979) pp.94-97; 34:4, (1979) pp.149-154.
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History

Sidmouth - the Nelson Connection: Part 1 and Part 2 from Devon24 (archived copies). (Mainly about John Carslake, and Admiral Sir Henry Digby

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.
Delderfield, E. The Raleigh Country, ERD Publications (1992) 163 pp. [Lookups] [Index]
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, [3], 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"]
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. [ISBN-10: 1848689004]
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) [128] pp. ill. ISBN: 0861148622.
Lane, Reginald. Old Sidmouth. Exeter: Devon Books (1995) [128] pp. ill. ISBN: 0 86114 895 9 (pb). [A Sid Vale Association publication.]
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Land and Property

Indenture dated 1783, between Thomas JENKINS, Henry Frederic ALSTON, Francis STEVENS and Robert LYS, concerning land in York Terrace, Sidmouth, transcribed by Elizabeth Howard.

Manors

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.]

Maps

Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).

Names, Personal

Names from an 1822-23 edition of Pigot's Directory.

Names from Anna Sutton's 'A Story of Sidmouth' by Paul Mansfield. (Archived copy.)

Newspapers

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]

Occupations

Bartlett, Vernon. Sidmouth fishermen and beach during the first decade of the twentieth century. Sidmouth: South West Type. [1981] 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)

Population

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]

Schools

Memoire, A. West Bank School Bideford 1896-1954, Sidmouth 1954-1971, Blagdon Hill, The author (1989) 50p: ill. [North Devon Athenaeum: D373BID/MID]

Taxation

Hutchinson, O. Subsidy Rolls, no. IV. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 5 (1892) pp.168-170. [Extracts from 1523-24 listing of taxpayers]
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