Date(s) - 02/06/2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
St Thomas of Canterbury Church
TOUR OF CHURCHES AROUND SALISBURY PLAIN
SATURDAY 2nd JUNE 2018, LED BY NEIL SKELTON
The central feature of this tour is the rare opportunity to visit to St Giles church, Imber. The village was evacuated in 1943 to facilitate training of American troops for the D-Day landings. The village has remained in military occupation ever since and the church is in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust. Consequently, it is difficult to visit Imber and this can only be done by special agreement with the MOD. We are very grateful to Neil Skelton for arranging this for the Friends of Wiltshire Churches.
10.30am: Tilshead St Thomas of Canterbury. High Street, Tilshead, SP3 4RX. Parking in laybys adjacent to church.
Flint and stone, partly in chequer pattern. Early English central tower and delightful chancel; mixture of styles, Norman font.
11.30am: Great Cheverell, St Peter. SN10 5YA. Parking in main street below lane to church. Coffee and biscuits will be available.
Probably originally built by Hungerford family in 15thC. Early English and Perpendicular, restored in 1868. Nave ceiling painted with clouds, monument of 1730 to James Townsend.
12.30pm: Lunch at The Duke, Melbourne Street, Bratton, BA13 4RW. Menu for pre-ordering will be sent to participants on registration.
2.00pm: Bratton St James. BA13 4SL. Parking adjacent to church.
Early Perpendicular (c 1400) reconstructed on Norman base. Chancel rebuilt by George Gilbert Scott in 1854. Cruciform; Norman font; interesting carvings.
3.00pm: Imber St Giles. No post code.
In the middle of MOD battle area; Norman foundation; 13thC nave and aisles; 15thC tower; chancel rebuilt 1849 by Ponting.
It will be necessary to form a convoy from Bratton as all will need to enter the Salisbury Plain Training Area together and leave together. Instructions on the day. The road from Bratton to Imber is, for the most part, like most rural roads but there are some sections with deep pot holes. Expect your car to be in need of a good clean afterwards!
Cost of tour £15 per head, payable on the day.
Please register with Martin Knight