Life-size statue of Ottery’s famous poet gets go-ahead

A perspective drawing of where the statue would be located on the church ground's if the plans were

A perspective drawing of where the statue would be located on the church ground's if the plans were approved by EDDC. Picture: CHRISTOPHER WAKEFIELD - Credit: Archant

A statue of an Ottery-born poet has been approved by the council.

A front view of a maquette designed by sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby. Picture: JUDITH COX

A front view of a maquette designed by sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby. Picture: JUDITH COX - Credit: Archant

Coleridge Memorial Trust (CMT)’s proposal to install a £100,000 bronze statue of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has been given the green light by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

Including the plinth, the statue will be almost seven-and-a-half feet tall and will be made out of bronze, while the plinth will me made using granite.

EDDC states construction must begin within the next three years setting a deadline of January 18 2022.

The statue will be placed on the south side of Ottery Parish Church and in its application, the trust said: “Coleridge is a colossus of English cultural history, and as Devon’s pre-eminent cultural icon, we are duty-bound to cultivate his international reputation and impress upon visitors the love Coleridge had for his home town and for the church in particular.”


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The poet was born in 1772 in the School House in Ottery and was known to spend much of his youth in the church grounds.

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