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.
Full details of dates when there is access to Imber and when St Giles Church is open to visitors is kept up to date on the St Giles Church web site www.imberchurch.org.uk
Map & Directions
7 miles from Warminster, off A362.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station: Westbury (5.9 miles).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good12
- GMS26LewisLeamington Spa, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayEnthusiastic guides with a passion for the churchThursday, 9th June 2022Went there on one of the open days. The church and churchyard were very well looked after. The history of the village was very well explained. Read full review
- MikeyG53Emersons Green, United KingdomWorking Church in a deserted villageTuesday, 11th April 2023Imber, a small village on Salisbury Plain, was evacuated in September 1943 to allow training for American troops in the use of heavy artillery. This was preparation during the run-up to the... Read full review
- MissalljBanstead, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSaturday 30th December 2023Monday, 1st January 2024My partner has visited the village of Imber many times over the years, but this was my first visit. The evacuated village itself is strikingly eerie at wintertime, especially when the weather is... Read full review