All Saints Church, Idmiston

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All Saints Church
All Saints church Idmiston.jpg
Location Idmiston, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates 51°08′06″N 1°43′10″W / 51.13500°N 1.71944°W / 51.13500; -1.71944Coordinates: 51°08′06″N 1°43′10″W / 51.13500°N 1.71944°W / 51.13500; -1.71944
Built 12th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Church of All Saints
Designated 18 February 1958[1]
Reference no. 319959
All Saints Church, Idmiston is located in Wiltshire
All Saints Church, Idmiston
Location of All Saints Church in Wiltshire

All Saints Church in Idmiston, Wiltshire, England, was built in the 12th century. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building[1] and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It was declared redundant on 1 April 1977, and was vested in the Trust on 29 September 1978.[3]

The church was built of flint with interspersed limestone in the 12th and 13th centuries.[1] It has a west tower with north and south [asile]]s and a nave. The chancel has a north porch.[1]

The church was heavily restored, including the rebuilding of the upper section of the tower, by John Loughborough Pearson and Ewan Christian in 1865 to 1867. It includes a collection of mediaeval carvings, in the form of elegant corbel-heads, roof bosses, and externally in the form of fearsome gargoyles.[2] The medieval octagonal font is made of Purbeck Marble.[1] The tombs and memorials include those to the family of John Bowle who was the vicar of Idmiston in the 18th century and is known today primarily for his ground-breaking, annotated edition of Cervantes's Don Quixote.[2]

Attendance at the church dwindled and it closed and was declared redundant, then being taken over by the Redundant Churches Fund (now The Churches Conservation Trust in 1978.[4] The last service in the church was in 2002.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of All Saints, Church of All Saints (1023956)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2013 
  2. ^ a b c All Saints' Church, Idmiston, Wiltshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 31 March 2011 
  3. ^ Diocese of Salisbury: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 6, retrieved 31 March 2011 
  4. ^ "All Saints Church, Idmiston". Wiltshire County Council. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Idmiston Church". Idmiston Parish Council. Retrieved 2 October 2010. [permanent dead link]