Witness a church left over from a ghost village

Imber, Wiltshire

St Giles' Church is a lovely 13th century church standing in rolling downland deep inside the military training area of Salisbury Plain.

Opening occasionally to the public, St Giles’ Church sits in the deserted village of Imber on the Salisbury Plain and is now managed by The Churches Conservation Trust.

Imber was evacuated for military training purposes in 1943 and the church is all that remains of the village (the other buildings are abandoned houses, often used for military training exercises).

The interior allows you to appreciate the architecture and atmosphere of this unique church, as well as the remains of medieval wall paintings 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.

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