All Saints' Church, Idmiston, Wiltshire

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Idmiston, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0AU
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Opened daily by volunteers.
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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.

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