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Tyneham, Dorset, UK
Dating back to the early Middle Ages, the chocolate box village of Tyneham, which is known as Dorset’s ‘lost’ village, was requisitioned by the British Army just before Christmas of 1943 for military training, along with 7,500 acres of surrounding countryside. Pictured here is the village’s quaint post office.
With heavy hearts, the village’s 225 inhabitants were evacuated and relocated. The last person to leave pinned a note on the door of the church requesting the Army to “treat the houses and church with care”. Needless to say, the request wasn’t honored in its entirety, with many of the buildings, including the post office, more or less reduced to ruins.
Despite reassurances that the villagers would be allowed to return to their homes after World War II, the Army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land in 1952 and the area continues to be used as a military training ground, though the public is allowed to visit on weekends and during the month of August.
Fortunately, the church and schoolhouse have been preserved and were converted into museums some time ago. Visitors have to take extra care though and are urged to stay on designated footpaths due to the many unexploded bombs and shells that litter the area.