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Imber - The OPC is Amanda Wood-Woolley

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Imber - St. Giles Imber - St. Giles I

Imber Village Prior to 1943 Gallery                Imber Village Post 1943 Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chitterne All Saints - East Coulston - Edington - Erlestoke - Great Cheverell - Heytesbury - Knook - Little Cheverell - Tilshead - West Lavington


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for photographs of St Giles.
GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire and Imber.
Heytesbury - Website for information about Heytesbury, Imber, Knook & Tytherington.
Imber Church - Friends of St. Giles Website.
St Giles Church - Website for church opening times.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Audio Slideshow - Some poignant images from the village open days. 
Imber Village - Welcome to the Lost Village.


The Parish Church of St. Giles

St. Giles Church Gallery                  St. Giles Interior Gallery                  St. Giles Churchyard Gallery

Churches Conservation Trust Burial Register Entry - Highway Robbers 1716 Families Plea to Visit Imber Graves 2001
Bells Ring Out 2006 Ghost Town Church Restored to Glory 2007  

Church Memorials

Last Resting Place of Sara Harris 1663                 Last Resting Place of John Wadman 16888                 William Dean Memorial Plaque 1884

Parish Register Transcripts




Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1709-1942
Marriages 1710-1943
Burials 1709-1967

Parish Registers in Wilts 1888


Parish History

The village of Imber is located in an isolated area of the Salisbury Plain, in the south-west of the county of Wiltshire. It is approximately 2.5 miles (4km) west of the A360 Road between Tilshead and West Lavington.

Imber is a ghost village nestled on the Salisbury Plain.  The residents were evicted by the Ministry of Defence in December 1943 so that American troops could prepare for the invasion of Europe.  After the war, villagers attempted to return but were refused access.  The Church is the only building in the village that has been spared by the warfare activities and church services are still held occasionally attended by former villagers and their descendants.   Access is totally banned without the specific permission of the MOD and even when the church is opened to the public on its rare opening days then the military preside over visitors ensuring no-one strays away from the permitted access areas.          A Short History

Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1845                 Notice to Quit Letter to Residents 1943                Village to be Evacuated 1943                 Village Won't Be Forgotten 2011

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Warminster Registration District


Map of Imber Prior to Evacuation


Population Figures 1801-2011

Village Poem

Little Imber on the Downe
Seven miles from any Towne
Sheep bleats the only sound
Life twer sweet with ne'er a frown
Oh let us bide on Imber Downe


Buildings and Land

Domesday Book Entry                 Owners of Land 1873                 Home to Colonies of Rare Native Bees 2013

Listed Buildings

Grade I - Buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest

Church of St. Giles

Public Houses

Bell Inn

Bell Inn Gallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1700-1799 


Robbery on the London Road 1839



Post Office 1849 Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Harrods 1865 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875
Kellys 1880 Kellys 1889 Kellys 1895 Kellys 1898 Kellys 1903 Kellys 1907
Kellys 1911 Kellys 1915 Kellys 1920 Kellys 1927 Kellys 1939  



Mr. Tucker's Academy 1830          Diocesan Board of Education Meeting 1874           New School Mistress 1900


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

UK Register of Duties Paid for Apprenticed 1710-1811 British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969 Gamekeepers Certificates 1807
Sale of Fir Trees 1847 Shepherds Prizes 1886  

Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Baptist Chapel

Imber Baptist Chapelyard Gallery                                  

Baptist Chapelyard Survey Headstone of Charles & Charlotte Daniels Headstone of James & Eliza Daniels
Headstone of William & Mary Potter Headstone of Thomas & Emma Tinnams Headstone of John & Emma Wyatt

People and Parish Notables

People Gallery 


Accidental Death at Imber 1902

Census Returns Transcripts

1851        1861          1871         1881         1891        1901     

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818 (South)           Voters List 1832 (Swanborough Hundred)            Voters List 1832 (Heytesbury Hundred)          Voters Lists Revisions 1843          Poll Book 1865

Family Notices

Family Notices 1850-1899                 Family Notices 1900-1949          Life Events from Warminster Parish Magazine 1901          Life Events from Warminster Parish Magazine 1902                   

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county

Wedding Reports

First Imber Wedding in 60 Years 2002


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Christopher Polden 1626                William Tynbury 1632               James, Earl of Marlborough 1633               Henry, Earl of Marlborough 1638 

Parishioners Wills

David Brock, Snr. Proved 1783 Edward Fricker Proved 1795 Eupham Gibbons Proved 1831 Thomas Hayter Proved 1836 John Mynty Proved 1657
James Scammell Proved 1827
Walter Wastfield Proved 1767     


 War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery                Imber Military Gallery

Imber has been owned by the Ministry of Defence since its evacuation during WWII.  Residents and their descendants are still fighting for their right to return to their lands.

Why the Poppy

Boer War

Wounded - Frank Dean 1900           Jumble Sale for the Yeomanry Hospital 1900



Harold Henry Kitley                  Ernest Marsh                  Arthur Edward Norris


Friendly Fire Incident 

On 13th April, 1942, six Royal Air Force Hawker Hurricanes from No. 175 Squadron R.A.F. & six Supermarine Spitfires from No. 234 R.A.F. were being used in a demonstration of tactical airpower at Imber. The event was a dress rehearsal for an upcoming visit by Winston Churchill. The demonstration involved the aircraft hitting mock armoured vehicles & tanks. The pilot of the 6th Hurricane mistakenly opened fire on a crowd of spectators, killing 25 and wounding 71. The pilot was killed around 10 weeks later when his plane was shot down over France on a night raid.

Friendly Fire Incident 1942                      70th Anniversary Plaque of Friendly Fire Incident 2012

Home Guard

Home Guards 1940-1944

Servicemen and Women

Servicemen & Families with 1st Wilts Regt. in South Africa 1911

Uncategorised Military Items

Imber Honours War Casualties 2003                  Prisoner of War Camps 2012

War Memorials

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                    Roll of Honour 1914-1918



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