St. Giles Church Sidbury

The beautiful Church of St. Giles stands at the centre of the village where a church building has stood since Saxon times. It has a Norman tower and alterations and additions from every century since. Under the chancel there exists to this day a 7th century Saxon crypt which is open every Thursday afternoon, during the summer, when guided tours take place.

Church Tours 2017
Running every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer are the very popular guided tours of St.Giles, Sidbury's ancient church.
The tour guide will take you back over a thousand years, and even earlier if you visit the 7th century Saxon crypt, one of only six to be found in the whole country, dating from around AD 680.
From its Saxon beginnings to the present day, it is not only a living record of our heritage; it is also a beautiful church in its own right, featuring fragments of medieval wall painting, a painted gallery, a number of high quality Victorian stained glass windows, and seven intriguing wooden roof carvings of the Green Man.
The tours start at 2.30 pm.
Tea and biscuits are provided.
Entrance £2.50 Children free.
Contact Neil 01395 597324


Susie Williams
01395 516036 (Rest day: usually Friday)

All enquiries to our Administrator - Paula Mills (Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings)

Sidbury Parish Room Booking
01395 597310

PCC Secretary
Janice Salway 01395 514862

Wedding & Baptism enquiries
Paula Mills

See also the Sid Valley Churches website -

November Services at St. Giles
|Nov 4th11.00 amMorning Worship
Nov 11th10.45 amRemembrance Service - meet at War Memorial
Nov 18th11.00amSung Eucharist
Nov 25th8.00am
Holy Communion
Prayer & Praise
December Services at St. Giles
Dec 2nd11.00 amMorning Worship
Dec 9th8.00 am
11.00 am
Holy Communion
Tingle Service
Dec 11th7.00pmCarols at Church Door
Dec 16th11.00am
6.30 pm
Sung Eucharist
Carol Service
Dec 23rd8.00am
Holy Communion
Prayer & Praise
Dec 30th11.00 amJoint Sung Eucharist

Books and booklets - All sold in aid of Church funds:
"Tapping at the Garden Gate" - Tales of everyday life in the village of Sidbury in the 19th Century has been reprinted. It is on sale in St Giles' Church in Sidbury, Devon at £5.00 per copy. Alternatively it is available by post from Bundells, Ridgeway, Sidbury, EX10 0SF at a cost of £6.50 which includes postage and packing. Cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to "Alan Softly".

In addition, there are some books about the village available from him (or available in St Giles Church, Sidbury)

"Sidbury's Church of 1000 Years" £3.00 - The history of the Church

"Within the Bounds - Sidbury Past & Present" £1.00

"The Bells of St Giles" £2.00

Plus the following fiction titles;

"Master Ghost and I" £2.00 A short ghost story with a difference

"Another Childs' Garden of Verses" by Barbara Softly (from the "Ponder & William" series), Illustrated by Alan Softly.

"Place Mill" full length hardback historical story £5 available from Alan Softly only.

P&P extra. All queries on Books to Alan Softly at 01395 597312, or at address given above.

Neil Thompson is the honorary archivist for the village. For details of the Parish Archives please see the relevant page of this website - Sidbury Parish Archive