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Imber Village, Wiltshire, December 2012

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Jan. 30th, 2013 | 11:40 am
posted by: bitchdontwork in abandonedplaces

I have been wanting to visit the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Plain for a while now but it is only open for a few days a year. Fortunately it is open for two weeks over Christmas when I was in the area visiting family.

The entire civilian population was evacuated in 1943 to provide an exercise area for American troops preparing for the invasion of Europe during the Second World War. After the war villagers were not allowed to return to their homes. The village, which is still classed as a civil parish, remains under the control of the Ministry of Defence despite several attempts by former residents to return.


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Imber court

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The church is still maintained and is open for visitors some days

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Most of the graves had fallen into disrepair

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There were some newer graves so that previous residents could be reunited with their loved ones

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candream

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from: candream
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Those are amazing pictures. Especially the last 5 pictures.

[...] After the war villagers were not allowed to return to their homes. [...]

Wow, this sucks. .___. The poor villagers who lost everything. :o( I hope they got at least money for their properties. *just saying*

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
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The lighting was pretty terrible but got better when I got the ones in the graveyard.

I think they did get compensation for having to leave. There is another village in the south of England I want to go to where the same thing happened.

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candream

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from: candream
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
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The graveyard looks so peaceful. *.*

Must be hard for them to leave everything. :o( I can't imagine to leave everything behind.

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from: tolanm
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this sucks. .___.

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joy_twinz

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from: joy_twinz
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
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omg these photos are amazing!

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) I'd only had my camera a couple of days so was just getting used to it.

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Rev. Otana

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from: otana
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
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These are awesome! The pictures of the houses with no doors and windows is just freaky.

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Lee

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from: primitivepeople
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Wow - thanks so much for sharing. I'd love to visit Imber myself, but I live in Scotland and trying to be in the right place at the right time isn't easy.

There's an air of melancholy and tragedy to the place, isn't there? I really feel for the people who were never allowed back.

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
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I am now desperate to get to a village in Dorset called Tyneham which is on a very beautiful bit of coastline. I believe it was abandoned for the same reason and a friend of mine's gran is apparently from there and was evacuated but I am waiting to find out the full story.

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Lee

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from: primitivepeople
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Let us know how you get on...from what I've read on the subject, Imber seems to be one of many places evacuated in that part of the world, and for whatever reason has become the most famous.

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
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There are apparently two villages on Salisbury plain which were made as mock ups of villages for military training. Apparently one is German from WW2 and one is a replica of one in the Middle East. My brother knows where the German one is and thinks that although there are signs saying not to enter it isn't watched and is right by a public right of way so I might have a wander over there one day.

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Lee

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from: primitivepeople
date: Feb. 3rd, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Keep us posted on how you get on. :)

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Wendy

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from: wendylady2
date: Feb. 2nd, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
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Oh yes - Tyneham !!
We went there a few years ago and I have a very detailed and picture-heavy post from there - I will repost here sometime this weekend if you like...it's fascinating and very, very sad !! The villagers left a hand-written note pinned to the church door that begged people to look after their little village while they were gone - they clearly expected to return after the war was won !!
Stay tuned...

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Feb. 2nd, 2013 08:16 am (UTC)
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I'd love to see them. I love the Dorset coast and can imagine being forced to leave such a beautiful part of the world must be so terrible.

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Amorette

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from: amorettea
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
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Stunning! Better than some films I've seen lately when it comes to stirring emotions.

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zofia333

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from: zofia333
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
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Amazing story and great pix. Thanks for sharing!

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Ruu-Chan

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from: belldandychan
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 07:00 am (UTC)
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It is so sad the villagers haven't been able to return home. Looks like it was a nice little place.

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kryptyd

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from: kryptyd
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
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I never heard of this. Interesting.

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kryptyd

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from: kryptyd
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 08:01 am (UTC)
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In photos 2 and 7 the buildings appear to have new roofs. Why are they maintaining the upkeep of the roofs? Will the place be ...what's the word... de-bombed/decontaminated so people can return?

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miss mega fun

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from: bitchdontwork
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
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The roofs actually seemed to be newer than the rest of the buildings so possibly somethingto do with the troops hiding whilst training. Also some of the houses had iron stairs which had obviously been put in since and some had a first floor and some were just empty shells.

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hydref

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from: hydref
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
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Great pictures. It's such a shame the residents were never allowed to return and the village has just rotted away.

I remember seeing something on TV last year (possibly on Countryfile) about one of these deserted villages. They took one of the residents back to have a look around now, it was very sad seeing all the houses they remembered now abandoned and in ruins.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
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The black empty windows of the buildings give it an eerie feel somehow. Lovely photos!

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