The Burning Air – Facts

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A great part of the action takes place in Devon. The town closest to the MacBrides’ property is Ottery St Mary. Ottery St Mary, known as “Ottery”, is a town and civil parish in the East Devon district of Devon on the River Otter, about 16 km east of Exeter.

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The family visit the town the weekend when Guy Fawkes is celebrated, and there is a tradition of burning barrels. The town typically stages annual events around Guy Fawkes Night when, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, barrels soaked in tar are set alight and carried aloft through parts of the town by residents.

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The town was the birthplace of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, where his father, the Reverend John Coleridge, was a vicar.

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