All Saints Church, Idmiston facts for kids
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|Location||Idmiston, Wiltshire, England|
|Official name: Church of All Saints|
|Designated||18 February 1958|
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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 and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. It was declared redundant on 1 April 1977, and was vested in the Trust on 29 September 1978.
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. The medieval octagonal font is made of Purbeck Marble. 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 the early 17th century Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote.
After attendance at the church dwindled, it closed and was declared redundant. It was taken into care by the Redundant Churches Fund (now the Churches Conservation Trust) in 1978. The last service in the church was in 2002.
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