The Church of St. Giles, Imber, Wiltshire, England
What an extraordinary place Imber is. In December 1943, during the second World War, the entire
village gave up their homes to the military; they never returned. Today the military
allow access to the village a few times a year, Easter and Christmas being two such occasions.
We were invited to photograph the church of St. Giles during the Easter 2004 opening. Unfortunately the weather
was not favourable, as our photographs prove, and doesn't show the building at its best, or how beautiful the surrounding
countryside is. There is no electricity inside the church (although someone had set up a generator to run a couple of
lights) and the flash on our camera was not very effective in such a large area. However, now we have made our
excuses for the photographs not being as good as they might, we hope you do enjoy the opportunity of seeing this church
which is usually off-limits to visitors.
Although the building appears to be in relatively good repair, looks can be deceiving and money is always needed for
ongoing projects. The Churches Conservation Trust now has the responsibility
of the upkeep of this building and would be pleased to receive your support.