ST9648 : Inside the bell tower, St Giles’ Church, Imber

taken 7 years ago, near to Fore Down [other Features], Wiltshire, Great Britain

Inside the bell tower, St Giles’ Church, Imber
Inside the bell tower, St Giles’ Church, Imber
Originally there were five bells which were last rung in 1923. Following the depopulation of the village in 1943 the church fell out of regular use and the bells were removed in 1950. One went to Edington Priory LinkExternal link The others were sold for scrap. However, in August 2010 a new set of six bells were hung LinkExternal link
St Giles’ Church, Imber
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 LinkExternal link whilst the altar, communion rails and some pews are in Bratton LinkExternal link Other pews made it as far as Churchdown in Gloucestershire LinkExternal link The interior still has much of interest. The church is listed Grade II* LinkExternal 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.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Defence, Military 
Bell tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 965 483 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.0701N 2:3.0908W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 965 483
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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