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Sidmouth, Devon

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Sidmouth, Devon

Sidmouth is a town situated on the English Channel coast in Devon, South West England, 15 miles southeast of Exeter. It has a population of about 15,000, of whom 40% are over 65. It is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A large part of it has been designated a conservation area.
DistrictEast Devon
Post townSidmouth
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSY1287
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01395

Other names by which Sidmouth, Devon has been known in the past

Sedemude ~ Sedemuda

Sidmouth, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Sidmouth, watering-place, market town, and par. with ry. sta., Devon, at the mouth of the river Sid, 15 miles SE. of Exeter and 159 SW. of London, 1600 ac., pop. 3475; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. Sidmouth was formerly an important seaport, and in the time of Edward III. sent two ships to the siege of Calais; but the harbour became choked up, and no craft can now approach the town except fishing smacks and pleasure boats. Sidmouth, which occupies a beautiful situation in a valley between two high hills (Peake Hill and Salcombe Down), was in the early part of the 19th century an important seaside resort. It was for a time very much neglected, but the opening of the railway (1874) has again made it one of the chief watering-places in Devon. The west window of the parish church (built 1259, restored 1860) was presented by Queen Victoria in memory of her father, the Duke of Kent, who died at Sidmouth in 1820.

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