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    Default Imber Village - Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire - August 2008


    I paid the village a visit at the weekend and had a good look around. The village hasn't changed since my last visit 5 years ago but of course has changed irreversibly since the army took over.

    Many of the old streets are overgrown and only allow a small glimpse into the homes and gardens that once existed.

    Next time it's open I suggest a visit as it's an amazing place.



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    Enjoyed seeing your latest photos, D12. It's an interesting place and I find these deserted villages fascinating. Cheers :)
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    it would be a fun place to paintball except for the mess that is!

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    Good Pictures.. Looks like a eerie place!!

    Whats the history behind it? sorry if you have already posted it, being abit lazy and not looking..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amiee View Post
    Whats the history behind it? sorry if you have already posted it, being abit lazy and not looking..
    Wikipedia has a decent history:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imber

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    Compared to Tyneham in Dorset - Imber is quite ugly - no offence to anyone, I love Tyneham havent been there for a while but it's beautiful and sad.

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    This is quite moving - I followed the wiki link (thanks Krela) and then the one to Tyneham from there. Amazing how the residents of both villages were led to believe they could return.

    Nice photos, Dirstrict. Thanks for making it known to me - I'm enjoying finding out more - even if it is leaving me kind of sad :(

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    Jeez I've spent many a night trying to sleep on the floor in the building in your second pic, usually woken at stupid o'clock by a flash bang alarm clock

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    Wow - I watched a tv doc about Imber a couple of years back. It's staggering to find out what lengths that governments will go to in times of crisis. I bet lots of little villages like this were evacuated during the war, for combat training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire*fly View Post
    it would be a fun place to paintball except for the mess that is!
    I think the army use it for some roll play thats abit more serious than paint balling :p

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