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Inside abandoned British ghost village where nobody lives – and public are cut off

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These eerie photos show a ghost village which was abandoned during WW2 to allow troops to train for military exercises.

Just before Christmas in 1943, villagers were told to leave Imber in Salisbury, Wiltshire so British and American troops could prepare to invade Europe.

But the residents were never allowed to return to the home and the village has remained part of the Ministry of Defence’s Salisbury Plain training area.

Incredible photos show abandoned crumbling buildings with bricked up windows and darkened doorways.

The village is now part of a military training zone

A routemaster bus drives through the abandoned village

 

 

The village is open to the public 50 days a year, with an estimated 5,000 people visiting during this Saturday’s open day.

The only fully intact building is St Giles Church, which is the main attraction.

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy, who is a member of Imberbus which runs the bus service, told the BBC the village was the “most obscure place you could possibly run a bus service”.

“It’s not open most of the time, nobody lives there, so it’s the absolutely perfect place to run a quarter-of-an-hour bus service one day a year.

A bricked up metal framed window in Imber

St. Giles Church in Imber is the only intact building in the village

 

“Last year, we raised £13,000 and the money goes to the church.

Speaking of Saturday’s open day, Mr Hendy said: “We had a very busy day yesterday with the buses, we had about 5,000 visitors,” said Mr Skelton.

“They were running more buses than ever this year, about 28 buses. We were almost at breaking point at one point.”

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This year for the the first time in 20 years, the church will be used for a christening  –  for an Army officer, who’s serving on the plain.

Mr Hendy explained: “There aren’t any pews in the church and the font was taken out in 1950, so the rector will be bringing a bowl with him and some water.”

Tours of the village were launched in 2009



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