Tyneham Village School

Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset, England, near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck. The village is situated near Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast, and there have been fishing communities associated with the parish since the Iron Age. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Tigeham, meaning “goat enclosure”. It is part of the Lulworth Estate.

The village, and 7,500 acres of surrounding heathland and chalk downland around the Purbeck Hills, were commandeered just before Christmas 1943 by the then War Office (now Ministry of Defence) for use as firing ranges for training troops. Approximately 200 people were displaced, leaving a notice on the church door: 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.

This measure was supposed to be temporary for the duration of World War II, but in 1948 the army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land and it has remained in use for military training ever since. Though littered with scrap used as targets, and subject to regular shelling, the land has become a haven for wildlife as it has been free from farming and development. In 1975, after complaints from tourists and locals, the M.O.D. began opening the village and footpaths across the ranges at weekends and throughout August. Many of the village buildings have fallen into disrepair or have been damaged by shelling, and in 1967 the then Ministry of Works pulled down the Elizabethan manor house, though the church remains intact. The church and school house have since been preserved as museums.

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 6 years ago

    I remember calling in here when I had finished a day’s work in (I think) Swanage (but it might have been Weymouth – was a long time ago) Until I saw this photo I had forgotten all about it so thanks for the memory jogger. Peter

  • Thanks Peter! Swanage is pretty close, so maybe there! tyneham is a little strange as one doesn’t expect ‘ghost’ towns in the English countryside.
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 6 years ago

    As always, Tony, your images go beyond recognized time and place and take us away into another world!!! Stunning image … breathtaking!!!

  • Thanks Lois! It’s nice to escape now and then, even just for a little while!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 6 years ago

    Lovely and perfect light

  • Thanks Poll! It’s one of those energy efficient bulbs I think!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 6 years ago

    This is magic, love the history

  • Thanks Felicity!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonabout 6 years ago

    Nice job on enhancing the charm and character of this place T. Cheers, s.

  • Thaniks Sandra!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 6 years ago

    wonderful find Tony, a fave for me.x

  • Thanks Catherine! Have you been there?
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you Celia!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful, atmospheric shot.

  • thanks Ursula! Glad you liked it!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 6 years ago

    No I havent Tony.x

  • It’s a lovey place, open most weekends, but you would need to check when it’s open if thinking of visiting.
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Cleburnus
    Cleburnusabout 6 years ago

    I enjoyed the writeup a lot.

  • Thanks Cleburnus!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

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