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Ottery St Mary

Welcome to our town from wherever you have travelled



A warm welcome awaits you in Ottery St Mary. Nestling in the glorious Otter Valley, it is one of the most historic town in Devon with nostalgia in every stone.

We at the Information Centre will be delighted to help - with accommodation, local information, maps, guides or souvenirs of your visit. Just call us on 01404813964 or send us an e-mail and we will be delighted to help you.

Ottery St Mary:
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
”Birthplace of Samuel Coleridge”
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The poet and philospher Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in the Schoolhouse, Ottery St Mary 1772. He spent his childhood here and in later life wrote affectionately about the town and its surroundings.  Coleridge a giant of English letters and co-founder of the romantic revival in the late 18th century. He was a friend, confidant and consultant to William Wordsworth, Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt,  Thomas de Quincy and many others. His inspired early work includes The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a dramatic retelling of one man's lonely journey through sin and redemption that has become of the most widely read poems in the English language. Call in at the information centre and collect the many leaflets we have on STC and see the poem Kubla Khan Stones on the Land of Canaan and take a tour around the town check out more details on STC

Otari Bell

The bell, part of an exchange of symbols, commemorates the signing of a Friendship Agreement between Ottery St Mary and Otari in Nagano Province, Japan. Otari, also pronounced ‘Ottery’, is a mountain village in the Japanese Alps that featured in the Winter Olympic Games of 1998. Several exchange visits between members of the two communities have taken place in recent years

The English

Civil war

Ottery St Mary became a Garrison Town for the forces of Oliver Cromwell during the war and both Cromwell and Sir Thomas Fairfax stayed at The Chanters House whilst planning their campaign in the south west of the country.