Origin: Sigbed's dun

Domesday: Earl Aubrey held 9 carucates of land. In demesne 2 ploughs and 1 female slave and 30 villans and 17 bordars have 7 ploughs. Meadow 3 furlongs long and 2 furlongs broad.

A very small village a few miles north of the Watling Street in Leicestershire. It must be smaller now than at the time of Domesday. The proximity of this road led to tales of highwaymen staying in the village. It hasn't been as exiting for a long time!

By way of some historical background it was at one time called Sibetesdone. In the reign of Henry I the manor was held by John le Porter whose son, John, gave land there to the Abbey of Miravale.

In 1564 there were 40 families in "Sibbesdon". No freeholders were listed in 1630 but in 1719 there were 3, declining to 2 in 1775. By 1801 there were 41 houses, inhabited by 45 families made up of 109 males and 118 females; 177 people were engaged in agriculture and 36 in trade/manufacture.

An Act was passed in parliament in 1803 for dividing and enclosing the common fields.


Most people today will find their way to the village to visit the old mill (now a pub/restaurant) or the old timber framed Cock Inn (also a restaurant).


The church was modernised in the 1700s but the chancel is 600 years old.



A few modernised farm workers cottages nestle with some large modern "executive" homes.

Home to the Gees, Merricks, and Blowers between 1650 and 1720. Any information on these families either in Sibson or the surrounding villages gratefully received:



For a description of the village in the 1860s White's Directory of 1863 is attached