Welcome to Dorset’s forgotten village. Tyneham is literally a snapshot of 1943, the year the last residents were given 28 days’ notice to leave this sleepy little village so it could be used for training wartime armed forces.
The locals hoped they would one day be able to return but this never happened and since the fateful day on 17 December 1943, time here has stood still. Tyneham is still part of the army ranges but visitors are welcome to come and take a look around at weekends and public holidays.
You can visit the little schoolhouse where the pegs still have the children’s names on and there is abandoned work on the desks. The 13th century village church, too, still stands proudly in this long-lost neighbourhood. Take a stroll around the village pond, meander down the modest lanes and imagine a time when the place was home to scores of local families.