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Tyneham Village 6/10

Today, Tyneham’s church has been restored and now serves two separate purposes. First and foremost it’s a museum of the village’s history. It contains many charts and displays, recording both the broad history and the minutiae of village life – there are documents, artifacts, time lines, old photographs and everything else you’d expect to find in a small town museum. The second function of the church is to act as a sort of memorial shrine to the ‘idyllic life’ that the inhabitants had so unfairly taken away from them. The names of the villagers now line the inside walls and also grace a restored bible. When the villagers left the for the last time, they pinned a note to the church door. The note read:

 

“Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.“

Tyneham Village 6/10

Today, Tyneham’s church has been restored and now serves two separate purposes. First and foremost it’s a museum of the village’s history. It contains many charts and displays, recording both the broad history and the minutiae of village life – there are documents, artifacts, time lines, old photographs and everything else you’d expect to find in a small town museum. The second function of the church is to act as a sort of memorial shrine to the ‘idyllic life’ that the inhabitants had so unfairly taken away from them. The names of the villagers now line the inside walls and also grace a restored bible. When the villagers left the for the last time, they pinned a note to the church door. The note read:

 

“Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.“

comments (13)

Oh, my, Brian. What a story...and place!
Brian Walbey: It is all very sad I feel, the peopel must have been devastated when they found they couldn't return.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:36
Lovely images Brian

If only they'd known they were never coming back..
Brian Walbey: It is all very sad I feel, the people must have been devastated when they found they couldn't return.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2018, 07:12
What wonderful church this is and what a story, Brian. Little did they know.
Brian Walbey: It is all very sad I feel, the people must have been devastated when they found they couldn't return.
Sad to think that they left not knowing they would never return
Brian Walbey: It is all very sad I feel, the people must have been devastated when they found they couldn't return.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Mar 2018, 08:26
It is in good shape Brian.
Brian Walbey: The whole village is well looked after and kept very tidy, but the church is now the centrepiece of the whole place.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Mar 2018, 09:24
Lovely posting and with all those red poppies as highlights.

This church is the living proof of hamfisted governmental approaches. Cry "war" and the general population's rights drown in the mud. They will also be deemed as canon fodder. Industrialists become richer.

If this place was really crucial to exercises, by the armoured corps (according to the website), there would have been nothing left of the village and church. I have been a tank man during my national service. Another thing, using a place like this for such exercises, would make it a one-time exercise. After it is flattened, it is gone.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Louis, it was a lovely afternoon when we visited and I think we saw it at its best. I don't know what the army actually used the village for, it wasn't them who destroyed the buildings but I guess they left it in a poor state when they finally left 30 or so years later.
How interesting!
Brian Walbey: It is all very sad I feel, the people must have been devastated when they found they couldn't return.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2018, 14:49
What a fascinating series of pictures and information Brian
Brian Walbey: Thaks Anne, I'm glad you find them of interest.
Nice collection!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Mar 2018, 17:20
What a fine church, well looked after. I am so pleased that this church could survive.
Brian Walbey: The whole village is well looked after and kept very tidy, but the church is now the centrepiece of the whole place.
this is a wonderful collage of ST. Mary's Church Brian...
we are both featuring churches this week....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Peter.
Photos that tell a story by images
Brian Walbey: It's nice that you think so Claudio, thanks.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 29 Mar 2018, 02:41
A fine museum piece.
Brian Walbey: They have done a very good job in that little church.

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