Hi Graham, I also attended Exeter U. as an extra mural Law Student (Solicitors' Articles) in the late 50's. You have forgotten the name of the Southern Region railway station- yes, St. Sidwell's. I think the alleged Saint was beheaded with her own scythe. Look up the "Catherdral" website for more details. The photos of the Church are magnificent. In 1961 I met my Child bride of 40+ years who had recently moved from her home town of Launceston, Cornwall, to Yeovil, Somerset, close to which I was born. On being presented to her Parents I was astonished to see on their mantleshelf three solid brass measuring vessells inscribed "Manor of St. Sidwells". They were 1/4, 1/2 and 1pint respectively, the ancient equivalent of the old "Weights & Measures" legislation. These now reside in Wadebridge where her widowed Mother now resides. My Wife's Father was from Exeter, also her Maternal Grandfather, Lamacraft, an Architect, resided at Pinhoe, close by the City. I agree our family name is not over common. However, prior to my marriage, I lived directly across the road from another family of the same name. My late Father tells me they may have been distantly related but we had no social contact. The two Sons attended the local Grammar School, as did I. For the last 22 years or so I have resided in Red Deer, Alberta. I have run into two Sidwell families, but we seem to have no discernible connection. There were two appreciable influxes of Americans into Canada. Oneat the time of the War of Independence (Empire Loyalists) and the other during the Great Depression, mainly farmers from the the more western Mid-West, Dakotas and Nebraska. Not too familiar with this website, so will close. Best Wishes,Michael.