January 30th, 2013


Imber Village, Wiltshire, December 2012

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