Inside the British Imber ghost village that has been empty since World War II


A strange abandoned village in the UK has been uninhabited for almost 80 years after the British army evicted the inhabitants to prepare for a Nazi invasion during World War II.

Chilling footage shows Imber in Wiltshire empty except for signs of military use, after stunned villagers were called to a meeting and given exactly 47 days to vacate their homes.

Although the Ministry of Defense has promised to let them all return once the war is over, it remains under their control to this day.

The area was given to American troops in December 1943, as Allied troops prepared to invade mainland Europe and repel the Nazis.

The deserted village was used to train the army in street fighting

But today it is used by British fighters after a public inquiry recommended that it remain under their control.

It is a useful area for preparing for combat in an urban environment and was used by soldiers preparing to fight the IRA in Northern Ireland.

The village was well provisioned before the inhabitants left and boasted a Baptist chapel, post office, council house style blocks and a local pub called the Bell In.

The secret location is still under the control of British Army bosses

Despite damage from bombing and shell explosions throughout the war, the pub and council style buildings still stand to this day.

Many other buildings became derelict or were destroyed by British soldiers.

But the village church has also stood the test of time and John Syme of Friends of Imber Church told the BBC“It’s a very important little church and it has a lot of memories for the local people.”

Army cadets trained for multiple conflicts in the small village

Imber had long been an isolated town before the army took it over.

Although it has existed since Saxon times and was written about as early as 967, the village remained sparsely populated and was mainly home to farmers and those involved in the agricultural industry.

It was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 – a time when there were only 50 people living there.

Some of the buildings remain in surprisingly good condition

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It then increased to 250 during the 14and century before peaking at 440 in a later census.

By the time its residents were ordered to leave in the 1940s, around 150 people made it their home.

British Army training continues at Imber to this day, although military bosses have plans for a purpose-built urban warfare complex at Copehill Down in Wiltshire.


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