"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 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 from Devizes Books, Handel House, Sidmouth St, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 1LD.
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.
Common to all parishes is a Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.
Indexes and registers of the parish church of Imber, St Giles:
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You can see the administrative areas in which Imber has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST972486 (Lat/Lon: 51.236903, -2.041955), Imber which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)