Imber (St. Giles)

IMBER (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of Warminster, partly in the hundred of Heytesbury, S. division, and partly in that of Swanborough, Warminster and N. divisions, of Wilts, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Heytesbury; containing 405 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on Salisbury Plain, and surrounded by extensive downs, comprises by measurement 3033 acres; chalk, alternated with flint, is the prevalent substratum. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £141; patron, the Marquess of Bath: the tithes have been commuted for £409. 4. 11., and the glebe comprises 81 acres. The church is an ancient structure, in the early and decorated English styles, with some relics of Norman detail, and contains two monuments with the recumbent effigies of Knights Templars of the family of Le Rouse, chamberlains to Henry II. and Edward III. There are several British and Roman antiquities.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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