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St. Giles, Imber, Wiltshire, England




What an extraordinary place Imber is.  In December 1943, during the second World War, the entire village gave up their homes to the military for their vital work;  the villagers never returned.  Today the military allow access to the village a few times a year, Easter and Christmas being two such occasions, and the church is under the care of the  Churches Conservation Trust.

The Friends of St. Giles website gives dates the church is open to the public (which are subject to MoD constraints of course) and more information about the church.  They also have a Newsletter which you can subscribe to.  They do a splendid job fundraising and maintaining the premises under very difficult conditions.  Finding volunteers to keep the graveyard tidy must be particularly difficult when you consider nobody lives near it and access is so very limited.  On our visit in 2013 we were saddened to hear criticism by some visitors of the state of the graveyard - yes there is no getting away from the fact that it was very overgrown (perhaps more noticable because on our previous visits it had been in so well tended), but the people who do give up their time should be praised for what they do manage to do not what they don't.  Better still, those criticising should give up their time to go and do some gardening in whatever weather there happens to be on the day the road is open!  The Friends website can be seen at:  www.imberchurch.org.uk.

We were invited to photograph St. Giles during the Easter 2004 opening.  Unfortunately the weather was not favourable for photographs and doesn't show the building at its best, or how beautiful the surrounding countryside is.  We have been back a few times since and the weather has mainly been unfavourable.  The inside is also difficult to photograph as there is no 'proper' electricity (although someone had set up a generator to run a couple of lights) and the flash on our camera is not very effective in such a large area.  However, now we have made our excuses for the photographs not being as good as they might, we hope you do enjoy the opportunity of seeing this church which is usually off-limits to visitors.

Although the building appears to be in relatively good repair, looks can be deceiving and money is always needed for ongoing projects.  The Churches Conservation Trust now has the responsibility of the upkeep of this building and would be pleased to receive your support.  We have noticed many changes since we started visiting in 2004 and have included on some of our pages have duplicated photographs to show what repairs have been made.

The church of St. Giles is a Grade I listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the  British Listed Buildings  website.  There are four groups of tombs in the graveyard that are Grade II listed - details can be found at the BLB website by doing a search for 'Imber'.

More information about Imber itself can be found at the  Wiltshire Online Parish Clerks  and the  Wiltshire Council Community History  websites.

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St. Giles, Imber
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Path up to the church.
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V.J. and V.E. Day commemoration.
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First World War Memorial.
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Names on memorial.
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Approaching the north side of the church from the pathway.
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Door frame of north porch.
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Carvings either side of the north porch door.
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North side of the building.
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Door into chancel (north side).
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East Wall.
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Coming round to the south side.
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Door into nave (south side).
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Bench mark.
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Coming round to the west side.
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West entrance door.
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West end coming round to the north side.
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Bench in memory of ...
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May, Helen, Ivy, Jean, Florence and John Holliday.
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View to Salisbury Plain from the graveyard.
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Taken from one of the roads across the Plain.
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Seagram's Farm.
William Heathcote Seagram
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Date of extension.
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