SY8880 : St Mary's Church, Tyneham

taken 10 years ago, near to Tyneham, Dorset, Great Britain

St Mary's Church, Tyneham
St Mary's Church, Tyneham
Tyneham was commandeered for military training during the Second World War. It remains deserted except when Lulworth Range is open to the public.
Tyneham Village
In the first half of the twentieth century, Tyneham would have been an idyllic countryside village, only a couple of miles from the sea and the delightful Worbarrow Bay.

All changed towards the end of 1943, when the village of Tyneham and 7,500 acres of surrounding heathland and chalk downland were commandeered by the War Office, for use as firing ranges for training troops. Altogether, 252 people were displaced. The villagers were told that this measure was 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. The villagers were not allowed to return to their homes, but were given new accommodation.

The village of Tyenham has remained uninhabited for nearly seventy years. In 1975, after complaints from tourists and locals, the Ministry of Defence began opening the village and footpaths across the ranges at weekends and throughout August. The church and school have been restored and act as a museum; many of the other buildings stand in various states of disrepair.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 8813 8039 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:37.3855N 2:10.1497W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 8813 8037
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Parish Church and Graveyard  Military Training Area 

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