A-pealing Easter openings at lost village of Imber

Visitors always flock to Imber church on its rare open days

Visitors always flock to Imber church on its rare open days

First published in Wiltshire

Church bells will peal across Salisbury Plain at Easter, as Imber’s historic church of St Giles welcomes visitors.

The 14th-century church is open on Good Friday from noon to 5pm, and from 11am to 4pm from Saturday to Easter Monday.

The village was evacuated by the War Office in 1943, when it was selected as a military training facility. Villagers were forced to abandon their homes. It is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, and is opened to the public on select days each year.

Bells will be rung at noon on Saturday followed by a short concert of folk music, and children can take part in an Easter egg hunt at 11.15am on Easter Sunday. On Easter Monday bell ringers from Exeter Cathedral will peal the bells for two-and-a-half hours from 1pm. See imber church.org.uk for more.

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