All Saints' Church, Idmiston, Wiltshire
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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 thirteenth 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 from the late fourteenth 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.
A pair of eccentric churches
A strangely beautiful church
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Access for those with mobility difficulties is via a level path to purpose built ramp at the north door and level access to ramps inside north aisle leading to the nave.
Otherwise there are two steps down to the nave. The chancel door (in the north wall) is 84 cms wide with small threshold step to churchyard – otherwise there is level access. There are 2 steps to the chancel and 3 more to the altar.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
6 miles north east of Salisbury, off A338
Nearest railway station: Grateley (5 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Wiltshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Wiltshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
All our Wiltshire churches are in our West region.
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