St Giles' Church, Imber, Wiltshire

Address: Imber, Warminster, Wiltshire, View on map
Open to visitors for Christmas from Friday 27 December to Sunday 5 January inclusive: 11.00am to 4.00pm
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A church left over from a ghost village

This lovely 13th-century church stands in rolling downland deep inside the military training area of Salisbury Plain.

It is all that remains of the ghost village of Imber (now just abandoned houses), which was evacuated for military training purposes in 1943.

The distinctive 14th-century tower has five pinnacles. The interior, divested of its fittings, allows you to appreciate the architecture and atmosphere of this unique church, as well as the remains of Medieval wallpaintings of a rare depiction of the Seven Deadly Sins and a set of 17th-century bell ringing changes painted on the north wall of the tower.

Outside the sloping churchyard contains fine 17th-and 18th-century tomb chests.

This church is only open occasionally to visitors.

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Road directions

7 miles from Warminster, off A362

Public transport information

Nearest station: Westbury (5.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 965 483

What’s on & news

What’s on

18/04/14 - 21/04/14 
Easter open days - Imber

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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 iconA walk round guide for St Giles' Church, Imber (PDF, 1.1mb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconWiltshire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

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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St Giles' Church, Imber, 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.