All Saints, Idmiston, Wiltshire

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Feature Sets (2)


The church consists of a rebuilt chancel, a nave, aisles, and a W tower. This church has a complicated history that was documented by RCHME in the Churches of South-East Wiltshire. The lowest part of the tower dates from the 12th century and has pilaster buttresses, but most of the church belongs to the 13th and 15th centuries.


At the time of the Domesday Survey Idmiston belonged to the church of Glastonbury. There was land for 7 ploughs, of which 2.5 hides belonged to Humphrey. No church of Idmiston is mentioned.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches


The lower part of the west tower probably dates from the 12th century but the only carved stones are the corbels of the east arch of the tower. These are two crude heads that have been used as the base of later elaborate moulded corbels.

N head height 0.20m
N head width 0.22m
S head height and width 0.20m
N side of arch

A male head with a small goatee beard and bulging eyes.

S side of arch

A female (?) head with bulging eyes.


The church was restored in 1865-7 by J L Pearson. It was declared redundant in 1976 and vested in the Redundant Churches Fund in September 1978.


  • F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 162.

  • DCMS Listing Description.

  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 275.

  • Redundant Churches Fund Guidebook, July 1985.

  • RCHME Churches of South-East Wiltshire HMSO 1987, 145-7.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SU 196 394 
now: Wiltshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
medieval: Old Sarum
now: Salisbury
now: All Saints
medieval: All Saints
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
25 Apr 1995