Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset, England, near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck. We got there really early, and wandered around the old houses and the school house looking at the old books. It's really quite a sad place, despite the fact that nothing really awful happened there - in fact, there are number of modern day photos of the former residents stood smiling outside the shells of their former homes.
The village and 7,500 acres of surrounding heathland and chalk downland around the Purbeck Hills, were commandeered just before Christmas 1943 by the then War Office (now MoD) for use as firing ranges for training troops. 252 people were displaced, the last person leaving a notice on the church door:
"Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly".
This measure was supposed 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.