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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

St Mary Church Ottery St Mary

The Church of St Mary of Ottery is Ottery St Mary's main attraction. The church is located on top of Cornhill overlooking the town below.

Ottery St Mary

The church was purchased and re-built in the 1340s by Bishop Grandisson of Exeter, who modeled it after nearby Exeter Cathedral. The weathercock on one of the twin towers is said to be the oldest surviving in Europe. The ornate interior, restored in 1977, has fine fan-vaulting, some grotesque decoration and an ancient astronomical clock dating back to the 14th century.

Ottery St Mary

The grand church has played host to two English kings, Henry VI and Henry VII and the father of the poet, Samuel Coleridge, was vicar here in the late 18th century. A brass plaque commemorates the life of Sir Ernest Satow (1843-1929), 19th century British statesman and Japan scholar who is buried in the northeast corner of the churchyard.

Satow's old residence Beaumont House on the Ridgeway has been converted into flats.

Ottery St Mary

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