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Tyneham Village 1/10

Tyneham is Dorset's famous ‘lost’ village. In November 1943 notice was given to the villagers that they would be required to leave within 28 days as the area was needed for forces’ training. On 17th December 1943 the last villagers left believing that one day they would be able to return. Sadly this was never to happen. After seven decades, the roofless shells of a post office, farmhouses, a rectory and cottages offer passing curious walkers and visitors a glimpse of the life of a long-departed community.

 

Tyneham Village 1/10

Tyneham is Dorset's famous ‘lost’ village. In November 1943 notice was given to the villagers that they would be required to leave within 28 days as the area was needed for forces’ training. On 17th December 1943 the last villagers left believing that one day they would be able to return. Sadly this was never to happen. After seven decades, the roofless shells of a post office, farmhouses, a rectory and cottages offer passing curious walkers and visitors a glimpse of the life of a long-departed community.

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 19 Mar 2018, 01:52
How extraordinary!
Brian Walbey: A very sad reminder of WWII but aninteresting place to visit all the same.
So very sad.... why weren't they allowed to return and rebuild? It's a lovely place
Brian Walbey: The War Ministry decided to hold on to the place because of the Cold War and the rest is history. A quite good article with all the details can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-24205695
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Mar 2018, 05:26
Jolie vue avec de beaux reflets.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martine.
What a sad story, Brian. It's hard to understand why it was never reclaimed?
Brian Walbey: The War Ministry decided to hold on to the place because of the Cold War and the rest is history. A quite good article with all the details can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-24205695
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Mar 2018, 06:58
One day I must go there. This is a fascinating sort isn't it
Brian Walbey: It is an unusual place to visit, all quite sad to be honest. If you go check beforehand it will be open, the military still usde the surrounding area for exercises and then it is closed.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Mar 2018, 07:21
A place I like to avoid, Brian - it is all too sad for me
Brian Walbey: It is sad Lisl but at the same time very interesting, at least the church is still in good order as you will see in this series.
I have never been here. It must be rather poignant
Brian Walbey: It is an unusual place to visit, all quite sad to be honest.At the same time very interesting, at least the church is still in good order as you will see in this series.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Mar 2018, 08:22
That is the trouble with promises Brian, they easily get broken.
Brian Walbey: The War Ministry decided to hold on to the place because of the Cold War and the rest is history. A quite good article with all the details can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-24205695
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Mar 2018, 09:12
That is amazing that they never rebuilt, Brian. It does give some great photo-opportunities.
Brian Walbey: The War Ministry decided to hold on to the place because of the Cold War and the rest is history. A quite good article with all the details can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-24205695
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Mar 2018, 12:35
Oh, what a sad story and a sad sight! But surely a village worth to be vistied.
Brian Walbey: It was worth the visit but also very sad. At elast the church is still in one piece as I will show you all.
People can walk around this village? Wowe!
Brian Walbey: The village has thousands of visitors every year but it is free to go round with no parking charges, there are no tearooms or that sort of thing and I seem to recall there aren't even any toilets so it is not at all commercialised which i think is very suitable for its history.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 19 Mar 2018, 13:50
I like the pleasing composition here...wonderful colors and reflections.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bonnie.
Surely they could re-settle it now!?
Brian Walbey: When you've seen the condition of the buildings during the series you will realise why they can't Tom. This article explains a lot as to why it is like this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-24205695
it's sad to see such a lovely community in ruins over such a short period of time... and it all happened during our lifetimes....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Indeed Peter, the military seem to be able to do what they like and where they like.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Mar 2018, 20:53
You (or someone else) had a picture of this place recently, but from a slightly different angle and without the history. One can just wonder why someone's homes were required for military exercises - given all the countryside that is available.
Brian Walbey: I posted a 'Preview' picture a while back Louis. I can only think the homes were needed to train militia moving from building to building in a built up area.
Curious, I would have said that they were the remains of a village bomberdato during the last war.
Brian Walbey: The village was used by the military during WWII but as the peopel weren't allowed to return it fell into a state of disrepair sadly.

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