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Tyneham, (428 views – 13.01.14)captured with* Nikon D3000 and Tamron 18mm 200mm lens* is a small village nestling in the valley below Whiteway Hill. However, it is no ordinary village, but one where time has stood still except for the ravages of time, which have taken their toll. For Tyneham was once a populated village, the villagers living their daily lives without thought of what one day was going to happen. The Second World War came and although Tyneham was not a place likely to be targeted by bombs, the Ministry of Defence targeted it instead.

The villagers were told to leave their homes in order that the army could take over the land for the duration of the war. They were promised their homes back at such time as the war ended, but in the event, they never got to live in their homes again. It is still to this day M.O.D. land as indeed it is all around the area. Access to Tyneham is only when the M.O.D. allow, mainly at weekends, when there is no practice firing on the ranges.

Now the little village lies in ruins except for the church and old schoolhouse that has been preserved as it was left all those years ago. The names of the pupils are still there with their coat pegs, their work still on the old desks

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    love this Mattie,very moody xx

  • Thanks Lynn – it is Tyneham, the village that was taken over by the MOD in WW11 xx

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 1 year ago

    Mmm, nicely composed Mattie

  • Thanks David – even though it was a nice day I thought there was an air of mystery about the place :)

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful dear Mattie and the history of the place is rather sad in a way…………………I hate when people are displaced for no good reason…………………..still fascinating though and beautifully captured by your very talented self………………… still not great here………………….hugs from your trying to catch up with Rb friend……………..xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Hello my friend – I thought I was winning but no – not in a month of Sundays !!! the weather is absolutely gorgeous here with sunshine atd a gentle breeze – link that with the garden swing seat and iced tea – and it is not bad for a Monday afternoon. Pleased you like this capture of this area – it is a complete ruin of a village but beautifully kept – the villagers had been promised that they could return after the war but they are still waiting…………… xx xx xx

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago


  • Grazie Anna per il meraviglioso commento – sono contento di come questo e comprendere l’effetto ho cercato di ottenere – molti baci – Mattie

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Great capture Mattie .. we’ve been trying to get there for years … have to put it on the list for this year!

  • Thank you Susie – If you manage to get to Tyneham I do not think you will be disappointed – best time is either early autumn or March/April time when you practically have the place to yourselves with great photo opportunities :)

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Such a sad story, Mattie and a wonderful shot!

  • It is such a shame – thank you very much for a great comment, Shulie !

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjover 1 year ago

    Super image

  • Many thanks Cliff !

    – Photography by Mathilde

    JUSTARTover 1 year ago

    great shot

  • Thanks Sylvia – much appreciated

    – Photography by Mathilde

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    The Bate’s residence!
    Wonder if the shower still needs a new curtain?
    KInda spooky lookin Mattie!
    WTG! :o) xx

  • You must have heard of wire less – this is curtain less – open plan living for the discerning photographer – lol – thanks Robin as always ;-o) xx xx

    – Photography by Mathilde

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