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The Ghost Village of Tyneham

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In 1943 the villagers of Tyneham in Dorset were ordered to leave their homes so that top secret preparations for D Day could take place on the South Coast of England. Overnight the village emptied and people went to stay with family or be rehoused. They have never been allowed to return.

Today the village is open to the public and is a collection of ruined buildings, a school room and the church. It is fascinating and poignant to visit, and there are a number of beautiful walks in the area.

Opening times are best checked via the village website which has information on the history of this community where time stopped in 1943.

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by Rachael Rowe
AFAR Local Expert
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