Venn Ottery Church

Church of St Gregory

Parish of Venn Ottery

Looking towards the south side of Venn Ottery church
A view inside Venn Ottery church looking east at the altar showing pine pews and a carved stone pulpit

Welcome to church

Sadly the condition of St Gregory’s means it is not currently open for worship. There is a population of bats living inside the church which affects the fabric and potentially poses a risk to human health, but more serious is the instability of some of the walls of the church with some significant cracks. Outdoor services have been held on special occasions e.g. at Harvest and Christmas.

Location and information

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Address

Church of St Gregory
Barton Mews
Venn Ottery
EX11 1RZ

Nearest defibrillator

None available

Latitude / longitude

50.7128635922762 / -3.30629467964172
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Church Officers

Churchwardens (or if vacant the parish priest) can help you with general enquiries about the church, and if you are researching your family history. PCC Secretaries can help with information about the work of the Parochial Church Council and any correspondence should be directed to them. PCC treasurers deal with the finances of the church and are always pleased to discuss giving to the church or making a legacy in your will.

  • Vacant

    Churchwarden

  • Alison Stevens

    PCC Secretary

  • Chris Schofield

    PCC Treasurer

Contact an officer

Tipton St John and Venn Ottery contact form

Church accessibility

As a Mission Community we are very aware that our ancient buildings are not always the most accessible. Where possible we have made changes to make them more user-friendly but there are some limitations that we are not able to work round.

  • Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Very limited parking

  • No toilet

  • Accessible churchyard

  • Church not wheelchair friendly

  • No hearing loop

The original entrance to the churchyard over the stream but no longer accessible

Church features

All of our churches are unique many date back many hundreds of years. Each building tells a story and highlighted below are some of the features that are especially noteworthy.

  • Wildlife friendly churchyard

  • Medieval pew ends

  • Norman tower

Bluebells and other wild flowers in the Venn Ottery churchyard

History

Venn Ottery is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was originally part of the parish of Harpford: the first vicar noted being Gilbert de Edewreth in 1208. The church is thought to date back at least to 1095; and the red stone Norman tower sits on Saxon foundations.

A fire in 1780 destroyed the thatched roof and most of the church, and it was not completely rebuilt until 1882.

Many of the carved medieval pew ends survived the fire, one of which represents Pope Gregory.

The east window of 1913 depicts figures from Venn Ottery’s past, including Rev. Augustus Montague Toplady, Vicar of Harpford and Venn Otter from 1766 – 1768), and author of the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’.

For a more detailed history please visit the Historic England page.

Gallery

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