Photographs from Surin, the elephant capital of Asia
The evacuated village
On 17 December 1943 - in the midst of the second world war - the 161 inhabitants of Imber, on the Salisbury Plain, were summoned to a meeting in the local school and informed that their village was to be used as a military training ground and that they had six weeks to evacuate. Once hostilities ceased, they were forbidden from repopulating the village and given no compensation.
Imber is open on certain days of the year, allowing you to wander through this empty shell, frozen in the middle of last century, that was once a rural community. Although many of the buildings have been razed to the ground, the pub, manor house and church remain.
Rusting tanks litter the roadside on the drive up to the former village; signposts berate people to beware of shrapnel and unexploded bombs.
For visiting information, including a map, see Forever Imber.
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