All Saints' Church, Idmiston, Wiltshire

Address: Idmiston, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0AU
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Fearsome gargoyles and Medieval carvings

This is an imposing Medieval church. A remarkable feature of the church is the collection of Medieval carvings - internally in the form of elegant corbel-heads, roof bosses, and externally in the form of fearsome gargoyles.

There are monuments to the local Bowle family, including vicar John Bowle, who edited an edition of Don Quixote.

The nave arcades (from the late 13th-century) have an eye-catching striped appearance created by the deliberate use of contrasting bands of stone.

Much of the rest of the church is late 14th-century. There is a distinctive clerestory and a two-storey north porch with a steeply pitched roof and fine doorways.

The whole building was heavily restored by J L Pearson and Ewan Christian in 1865.

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Road directions

6 miles north east of Salisbury, off A338

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Grateley (5 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 197 374

What’s on & news

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.




 

 

PDF iconWiltshire County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Wiltshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Mike Searle (22 Oct 2011, 15:23)

    Lovely church, but I'm concerned that the ammonia from what I take to be droppings from a large colony of bats might be having an adverse affect on the church fabric.

  2. A Church Road, Idmiston Resident (09 Dec 2011, 14:15)

    This is a beautiful Grade 1 listed church at the centre of Idmiston village that is clearly in need of our care, attention and financial support. Unfortunately, it has been subjected to mindless vandalism in the past with broken windows. More recently, I have seen the photograph in an article in the Idmiston Parish Newsletter (Winter 2011 Edition) from the CCT that shows the appalling theft of roofing on the south side. The title of which was 'Our Lovely Grade 1 listed Chruch. What have they done!!'.

    I hope that the £50 donation that was so quick and easy to make on-line will go in some small way to help the CCT maintain this church and others like it on the list.

    Keep up the excellent work and thanks again from an Idmiston resident for highlighting not only the recent theft but for also making me aware of the CCT website where I was able to find out more about this fantastic national charity and how to support it. Next year I will make sure I order my Christmas cards in plenty of time as I know that this will go to such a good cause!

    A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all those at the CCT.

  3. Alan Grove (05 Apr 2012, 17:58)

    Having contacted TCCT I am know aware of the problems they are addressing relative to this at present unloved church. I hope they succeed as it has ann interesting interior and is set in a pleasant rural village with many interesting properties.

  4. John Ival Blair (07 Oct 2013, 16:02)

    I am deeply concerned to hear of the vandalism and theft of materials. We in the States tend to think of the Brits as running things like preservation of old monuments quite efficiently and politely. My great-grandfather Henry Percy was likely christened in this church as he was born at nearby Gomeldon in the 1840s, so I take a personal interest. Unfortunately I can't do much to help financially, but know that you have the best of wishes from a Yank in Texas.

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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All Saints' Church, Idmiston, Wiltshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.