The historic town of Ottery St. Mary is set in the beautiful Otter Valley. Six miles from England’s first Natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast of East Devon and Dorset and about eleven miles from the ancient city of Exeter.
It is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Devon. The Parish bounds remain virtually unchanged since they were fixed by Edward the Confessor in 1061.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in the town in 1772 and spent much of his childhood here. St. Mary’s Church is the jewel of Ottery, and a focus for visitors. A church existed here pre-Conquest, and the present structure is a miniature version of Exeter Cathedral – with a still accurately-working mediaeval clock and the added "Dorset aisle".
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