"IMBER, a parish in the hundreds of Heytesbury and Swanborough, county Wilts, 4 miles N.E. of Heytesbury, its post town, 6 N.E. of Warminster, and 7 S.E. of Westbury railway station. The parish is situated on Salisbury Plain, and surrounded by extensive downs. The substratum is chalk alternated with flint. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £409. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Sarum, value £120. The church is dedicated to St. Giles. In the interior are two stone effigies of Knights Templars of the family of Le Rouse. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. The Baptists have a chapel, and there is a National school."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
Imber is 4 miles SW of Market Lavington. Grid Ref ST966484. Population 604 in 1831. It is now within a military training area, and has no inhabitants. Around the training area, all about 4 miles away, are Bratton, Tilshead, and Heytesbury; Warminster is 7 miles away. The modern map from Streetmap shows Imber on a current Ordance Survey map.
Sawyer, Rex - Little Imber on the Down. Hobnob Press, Sept 2001.
The first book to be devoted to the history of Imber & its community on Salisbury Plain prior to all leaving in 1943 when Imber was handed over to the Army for Military Training. Published Sept 2001 by Hobnob Press, PO Box 1838, East Knoyle, Salisbury SP3 6FA. Available by credit card from Devizes Books, Handel House, Sidmouth St, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 1LD.
- St Giles, -, Church of England
Imber Baptist Chapel existed from at least 1839 to 1906 (Wiltshire and Swindon Archives have its minute book for that period). Its graveyard still exists, with access within this military training area a few times a year - see Photo of Imber Baptist graveyard.
There is an annual service in the church at 10am on New Year's Eve, see the Village of Imber in Wiltshire for other information and links.
You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Imber area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.
Indexes and registers of the parish church of Imber, St Giles:
Duncan and Mandy Ball have Photographs and transcriptions from Imber including the church and its graveyard.
The transcription of the section for Imber from the National Gazetteer (1868).