St Giles’ Church, Imber :: Shared Description
Written by Brian Robert Marshall
The church is on the site of an earlier mid 12th century building. The church as seen today is the result of building work carried out in the 13th and 15th centuries, and restorations dating from 1849 and 1895. It continued to serve its parishioners until 1943 when the entire village was depopulated to aid the war effort. The villagers were never allowed back and the village today is, most of the time, used for military training. An unusual feature of the exterior is the top of the tower which has five pinnacles. Many of the interior fittings have been removed to other churches. The font is now in Brixton Deverill Link
whilst the altar, communion rails and some pews are in Bratton Link
Other pews made it as far as Churchdown in Gloucestershire Link
The interior still has much of interest. The church is listed Grade II* Link
From 1943 until 2002 the church was maintained by the War Department and its successor the Ministry of Defence. Following being declared redundant, the church passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust in 2005. Much work spanning the years 2005 to 2009 has been carried out to conserve the building and its features. The church remains consecrated as a place of worship and services are held on certain days each year. Check the Forever Imber website for details Link
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Created: Fri, 2 Sep 2011, Updated: Fri, 2 Sep 2011
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