Reviews & Comments for Tyneham Village
Reviewed by: Clare (Guest) , Oct 25 2011 12:46PM
Please act to ensure the village does not fall to further rack and ruin, abandoned, like its inhabitants.
Tyneham Village Dorset
Reviewed by: Barbara Titley (Guest) , Aug 28 2011 5:38PM
On arriving at the village it was not what we had expected. Unlike all the beautiful thatched villages in Dorset this village was the sadest we have ever been to it was quite surreal and yes it did have an eerie feel to it. Whilst I was visiting the church I was fortunate enough to speak to a married couple who lived not far from the village and new all about its history as they were born and brought up in the area. Their explanation as to the history of the village was very interesting. Putting the photos and information in each of the building was a plus for me as this really did make the building come alive. I understand that the village is undergoing a renovation project I hope this will be successful and that one day there will be much more to see.
Tynrham village Dorset
Reviewed by: J Proud (Guest) , Aug 30 2010 3:53PM
A very moving place. You can almost feel how the people felt,as they left their homes, sad, but at least knowing they could return, only to find out later that the government broke their promise, and they would never return.
I feel that would not happen now. Civil rights, freedom, and a general campaign, would have ensued, and they would have been allowed back.
Reviewed by: D. Nicholls (Guest) , Aug 27 2010 1:08PM
We were in Dorset this week (w/c 23rd August 2010), and had heard about a deserted village vacated during the Second World War. We decided to go out and have a look for ourselves. The map we were using was pretty much useless, but we continued our search of Tyneham despite the complete lack of road signs (it's almost as if they don't want you to find it). Having gone round in a complete circle, which in itself was a bit weird, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere high up amongst the hills which were covered in a blanket of misty fog. The remnance of 3 old tanks were strewn across the MOD training area, which covered a vast area as far as the eye could see. We were all begining to wonder if we would become the next target practice victims because there was no sign of life let alone a village, but being from Kent we were not going to give in easily.<br><br>
Eventually we stumbled across a sign which sent us down a narrow lane, the entrance to this lane had a gate either side of the road, which is obviously used to secure the village after hours. The sign informed us that parking in the village would be £3, so off we ventured. We contunued down the road for what seemed like ages (probably only 2 miles in reality though) until eventually found what we were looking for, we parked up and placed £3 in the car park trust box. Immediately after entering the village you are overcome with a sadness and an almost eerie feeling, which is not uncomfortable by any stretch. All of the dwellings had their roofs missing, but inside of them were photographs of the villagers who lived there, from the turn of the 20th century through to the evacuation in 1943. Although this added a great deal of interest to each cottage, you felt you were almost in the presence of their ghosts. Some of the photographs showed members of the village returning to their old residence many years later, and to see them in photographs as children in the 1920's, 30's and 40's and next to that photographs of them well into the twilight of their years in the 21st century, left you with a feeling of happiness mixed in with sadness. <br><br>
The school (with roof intact) was an excellent preservation of how the children spent their days. Although I went to primary school in the late 60's early 70's a lot of what I saw brought back memories of my childhood. The school more than any of the buildings brought home the reality of the situation, instead of empty shells of where people once lived, here was a complete building trapped in a time warp. Again, this made for an eerie atmosphere, but not a frightning one.
The church (also a complete building) was just as much a record/tribute to the villagers as it was a place of worship. More photographs and brief stories helped tell the story of how they lived. The saddest part for us was the grave of John Gould who despite campaiging to get the Government of the 70's to hand back the village to the people, had his second wish granted, that if the village was not given back before he died, then he wanted his body to be placed in the church yard amongst his ancestors. He was buried there earlier this year.
Well worth a visit.
Reviewed by: Kerry Weeks (nee Godden) (Guest) , Apr 12 2010 7:49AM
Eerie indeed but what an amazing place...i return time & time if only to see my Grandfather & his brothers & sisters photographs displayed in the church & school house,yes my relatives lived there & were evacuated,never to return...
Reviewed by: Lynne Hewitt (Guest) , Jan 27 2010 2:58PM
I have made so many attempts to visit Tynham Village and have now given up. Travelling there at different times and days of the week have been fruitless. Closed. Now on the website clicking on 'opening times' I am met with 'page not found'. This really is a ghost village if indeed it exists. the odds are definitely stacked against me. No signs. No information and enquiries locally about the times one may visit the village itself have been met (over the past 5 years) with a shrug of the shoulders. Almost as sad as the story I read before me. Maybe some day I will travel back there and find it open. Who knows? Enjoyed reading the comments of those that have been successful in actually visiting Tynham I am beginning to think this is the closest I will ever get.
Reviewed by: Karen Fawcett (Guest) , Jul 29 2009 10:37AM
I had tried to visit Tyneham on two previous occasions whilst on holiday in Dorset. This time we were successful.
I was not prepared for the emotional journey that I experienced ! As a Teacher I was facinated by the School Room, and the work that remained, it was not difficult imagining the children at their studies.
The church has obviously been used and partly restored, and the grave-yard was an errie experience.
Walking around Tyneham, it was easy to imagine life in 1943, and for a short while I became part of that large family.
How very sad that they were never allowed to return.....
Reviewed by: A (Guest) , May 30 2009 1:39PM
An amazing place. Mixed emotions... So sorry all those people had to leave their homes when they did and at such notice, but thankful they did as the place is so unspoilt...
Reviewed by: stewart West (Guest) , Oct 6 2008 7:05AM
Please remember,when you feel anger about the damage done to the village by the army,the villagers gave their homes, the soldiers gave their lives
Reviewed by: b c gunningham (Guest) , Jun 16 2008 4:09PM
i visited this sad but lovely village this month (june 08). the mind
workes in strange ways,sad because of those lovely people being
driven out of thier homes,and never being allowed to return.
the peace and calm i found there was outstanding,the school
brought back so many memories of my young days in school
in wales. long may tyneham village remain so beautiful and peaceful.
Reviewed by: Roger Head (Guest) , May 27 2008 4:35PM
What a sad little place this is - and yet a great tribute to those who lived there and left willingly to further the war, to ensure the freedom of us all. The village is maintained well and the schoolhouse and church are fascinating, and all in a beautiful setting. Well worth a visit.
Reviewed by: pauline (Guest) , Mar 24 2007 5:00PM
A lovely peaceful place - must have been wonderful when it was a proper village community. So sad to think that our own army could have treated those people so badly with so little compensation.
Reviewed by: Karen Horton (Guest) , Mar 8 2007 2:50PM
A beautiful peaceful place, one can only imagine what it was like pre war, no electricity, traffic or noise! Pity there aren't more photos, also would love to see exactly on a map where Tyneham House is and photo of the ruins and wonder why we are not allowed to see it
Tyneham Village Dorset
Reviewed by: Kath Hopson (Guest) , Jan 9 2007 2:30AM
Felt so sad to think of those lovely villagers being evicted by the British goverment of the day with very little compensation. Also angry that so much damage had been done by our own British Army rather than the enemy of the day! It was like stepping back in time in an eerie kind of way. Thought about the village and the people who once lived there for the rest of the day. An absolute must on any Dorset visitors' lists. They won't forget it in a hurry.