Tyneham & Worbarrow
… where time stopped in 1943
Today and tomorrow
Byelaws prevent the commercial development of Tyneham, which is why you won’t find a gift shop there. Instead more humble pleasures can be enjoyed: the rich wildlife, the range walks, swimming from the beach, the wealth of historical interest, or simply soaking up the deep sense of peace.
Much has been written in which this place is cast as somehow lost, a ghost village. It’s neither lost nor dead, but it has evolved in unfamiliar ways and remains one of the most beautiful places in the country.
Tyneham gave its heart for its country in 1943, but with sympathetic management its soul will survive for generations to come.
Nick Churchill 2011
As time passed by …
Isolated as much by geography as history, Tyneham offers a unique perspective on the way things used to be. Nobody has lived here since 1943 and today the valley is part of the Lulworth firing ranges, owned by the Ministry of Defence.
Dorset has been a vital military training ground for more than 150 years, but the Army’s policy of improving public access to Tyneham and the surrounding area means it is open for up to 150 days a year when not being used for live firing exercises.
The people of this idyllic valley lived simple lives relatively untouched by the
outside world, but Tyneham’s fate was sealed by Churchill’s War Cabinet when it decided
the valley was needed for military training ahead of the D-
The chain of events that has seen Tyneham capture the public imagination began on 19 December 1943 with the complete evacuation of the village and surrounding area. Everybody had to leave. Nobody came back.
passed by …
… this is
by Nick Churchill
The Bond family have owned the Tyneham Valley for over 200 years.
The closure of the coastguard station in 1912 marked the beginning of a gradual decline in Tyneham’s population.
Under the cover of official secrecy, 225 people from 102 properties were evacuated.
Articles in the press had kept the village that ‘Died for D-
Public and political pressure eventually forced the Government’s hand.
The Army’s presence has prevented Tyneham’s surrender to tourism.