Ottery St Mary United Reformed Church

 

A grant to help fund urgent repairs to the church roof, including re-slating. The church was started by a renegade vicar from Talaton, Robert Collins, who joined other clergy in defying the political control exerted over the church in the 17th century. In 1662 he started an independent church of dissenters, meeting in the family home, Chanters House. It is today one of the oldest non-conformist churches in England. Inside the Church, in the early days a trap door allowed the preacher to escape from the militia who were sometimes in search of dissenting ministers.

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