Tyneham abandoned village Dorset Reviews
Tyneham abandoned village Jun 14, 2011
Tyneham is an abandoned village in the South of Dorset on the isle of Purbeck.
It was evacuated in ww2 as a temporary measure by order of the war office. It is now used as a firing range and training camp. The residents never returned as in 1948 a compulsary purchase order was put on the land.Evidence of Roman occupation has also been found in the Tyneham Valley. According to the Domesday Book, "Tigeham" was part of the Lulworth estate, and during the time of William the Conqueror, his half-brother Robert of Mortain appears to have held the land. There are also stories of smugglers and ship wrecks.
The limestone Church of St. Mary dates back to the 13th century; and although many of the church artifacts were removed elsewhere for safety, the church managed to escape complete ruin; it has been repaired and made safe for the public, and at present is essentially being used as a museum.
Tyneham is only one of an estimated 3,000 abandoned villages and hamlets in England.
Visiting times tend to be holidays and most weekends.
"Tyneham is a Valley frozen in time."
It is located between Lulworth cove and Corfe castle.
Part of the list Things to do in Dorset England.
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