St Giles' Church, Imber, Wiltshire
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A church left over from a ghost village
This lovely thirteenth-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 fourteenth-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 with a rare depiction of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a set of seventeenth-century bell ringing changes painted on the north wall of the tower.
Outside the sloping churchyard contains fine seventeenth and eighteenth-century tomb chests. This church is only open occasionally to visitors.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
An atmospheric partial ruin
Limited opening dictated by Army when range inoperative. Access is from a lane up a steep grass track to the churchyard gate. The path continues up the slope to the north porch, with 2 steps up to the stone paved porch floor.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
7 miles from Warminster, off A362
Nearest station: Westbury (5.9 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.
The Friends of St GilesThe Friends of St Giles assist with opening the church on designated days throughout the year, running events, providing refreshments and raising funds towards the upkeep of the church. The Churches Conservation Trust is most grateful to the Friends for their support.
Probably England's obscurest bus route, the 23A is run by volunteers and runs one day a year to the lost village of Imber, offering the chance to visit St Giles' Church by vintage London Routemaster bus.
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