About Us

Beautiful grade 1 listed church

To know Christ better and to make Christ better known...

Welcome to the parish church of Ottery St Mary in East Devon, part of the Otter Vale Mission Community.

St Mary's is a place where we aim to provide a range of services and activities so that everyone can find a home here. Weekly services include both traditional and modern worship, with regular events such as a service for young children and a healing service. Members of St. Mary's are involved in many groups and ventures, please explore our website to find out more about them.

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A Bit of Background

The parish church of Ottery St Mary owes its current form to one man; Bishop John de Grandisson of Exeter, who rebuilt an earlier 13th century church on this sloping site in 1342. Grandisson's new church was built along collegiate lines, and modelled closely after Exeter Cathedral. It is this conscious emulation of the cathedral that accounts for the extremely large size of the church, which seems massively too big for the population of the town. The weathercock is over 500 years old and is perhaps the oldest in Europe.