The Parish of Edington and Imber

Edington village is named after Ethandun. It was the site of a pivotal battle in 878 AD in which King Alfred the Great defeated the Danes and gave rise to English nationhood.

Today, Edington Priory Church is the venue for the widely-known Edington Music Festival.

The parish of Edington has a close connection with the (largely) redundant church of St. Giles, Imber within the Salisbury Plain Military Training Area.

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The Benefice

The BECIE Benefice comprises the parishes of Bratton, Edington & Imber, Coulston and Erlestoke.

What's On

There is an extensive programme of events in the benefice. PCC Tuesday 30th July, 7.30pm


A wide range of different types of service are held in the benefice.


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Edington Priory Church

The Priory Church of St. Mary, St. Katharine and All Saints was consecrated in 1361 and is a Grade 1 listed building. The interior is beautiful and inspiring, featuring mediaeval stained glass and a plaster vaulted ceiling. It has a particular atmosphere of prayer which draws people to worship God. We hold around seven services each month in this church.

We ring six of the peal of ten bells regularly for services and the full peal is rung by visiting teams. Edington Ringing Centre and Simulator provides training run by members of the Diocesan Guild of Ringers.

A new pipe-organ built by Harrison and Harrison was gifted to the church by the Edington Music Festival Association in 2014.

Church Organisations

There are many organisations associated with Edington Priory Church, including a choir, a bell-ringing team, flower arrangers, church cleaners and a churchyard maintainance team.

There are a number of independent organisations which are closely affiliated to the church, including The Friends of Edington Priory Church, Edington Music Festival and Edington Arts.

Local Amenities

Edington Parish Hall is owned by the diocese of Salisbury and run by a committee of villagers. Both the church and village use the hall extensively for events and community groups.
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Edington Farm Shop.

The Three Daggers Public House.

Three Daggers Micro-brewery.

Details of other village organisations can be found on the Edington village web-site.

St. Giles' Church, Imber

The village and church of Imber attract quite a lot of attention. The village was evacuated at short notice by the MOD during the Second World War and the villagers have never been permitted to return.

The church of St. Giles remains consecrated and is used for well-attended services in September, Remembrance and Christmas. Access to the village and church is only possible at these times when the MOD grants permission to cross the military area.

In the benefice we have close links with the local schools providing Open the Book and Pilgrimage Days.


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