The natural history of ‘England’s shortest river’ is quite well covered:

River Sid – Wikipedia


The human history of the river is less accessible – but it is just as rich, and can be found if sought out.

For example, there are the mills along the River Sid:

Sidbury Mill | www.spab.org.uk

Sidbury Mill | Heritage Gateway – Results

However, information available online is still rather limited, so on these pages more should be added.

With particular thanks to members of the SVA’s History Group:


Notes from the Group’s regular bi-monthly meetings are now being made available on the SVA’s website:

Notes from History Group meetings

Meanwhile, here are the links to the History of the Sid pages on this website:

River Sid – ‘The Bad Old Days’ – The Sid

On the River Sid – the disappearing house in the Byes – The Sid

“The Rest”: A house in the Byes – The Sid

There are other pages on the history of the River:

Sidmouth rivers and main sewers in about 1950:

Summary of 1952 Enteric study

Sidmouth’s Byes park through the ages:

Sidmouth historian: The history of The Byes, in pictures | Local News | News | Sidmouth Nub News