Ottery St Mary - one of oldest and most historic towns in Devon.

Pitt Farm bed and breakfast
Ottery St Mary - nr Honiton, Seaton, Beer, Sidmouth, Exeter

Pitt Farm Bed and Breakfast just 1 mile from the picturesque
market town of Ottery St Mary in East Devon

Ottery St Mary 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. Author William Makepeace Thackeray was fond enough of the town to include it, under the name of Clavering St Mary, in his autobiographical Pendennis

 Ottery St Mary - East Devon Town of Character and Charm - Ottery St Mary retains its character as an historic Devon town and is justly proud of its heritage. The Anglo-Saxons designed the town so that the streets fanned out from a central hub. The street names have charm - Paternoster Row, Amen Court, Jesu Street, Long Dogs Lane, Yonder street. An interesting walk round historic Ottery is detailed in the Heritage Trail.

The famous church at Ottery St Mary dates from the early thirteenth century and was greatly enlarged by Bishop John de Grandisson, who modelled it closely on Exeter Cathedral in about 1340. The weathercock on the tower is reputed to be the oldest in situ in Europe
Stcks at Ottery St Mary
On entering the Churchyard by the South gateway, the TOWN STOCKS can be seen, a reminder of the rough justice of former days.

 Church at Ottery St Mary

 Tarr Barrel Ritual Tar Barrel Ritual
Ottery St Mary is internationally renowned for its Tar Barrels, an old custom said to have originated in the year 1688. Each of the local inns gives its name to one barrel. The tar-soaked barrels are lit and then carried blazing through the crowds on the shoulders of local men whose families have been Tar Barrellers for generations. This exciting ritual takes place each year on 5th November.

The River Otter runs to the south of the town and the beautiful river valley emerges into the sea at Budleigh Salterton. The river bank walks are a delight and abound with wildlife. There are also many other picturesque walks around Ottery St Mary.

The River Otter

Footpath maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Tumbling Weir
                      The Tumbling Weir
One pleasant walk is through the recreation area of the Land of Canaan and along the pretty mill stream will lead to the famous circular Tumbling Weir, constructed in 1790 when the river was harnessed to supply power to the then newly built Georgian textile factory, and the adjacent corn and grist mill.

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