The Ghost City Where Cars Learn To Drive

Tyneham is a ghost village located in the southern Dorset, Great Britain. Its history is unique: just before Christmas Day in 1943 the Ministry of War decided to use it as a shooting range for the troops in training. About 200 people were evacuated with the promise that the village would be reset to them at the end of the conflict. In 1948 the entire land was expropriated and still today the area is under the control of the armed forces. Before leaving, the inhabitants of Tyneham left a note on the doors of the church: “Please treat the church and our homes carefully; we left our homes where many of us have lived for generations to help win the war and keep men free One day we’d like to be able to come back. Thank you for treating our village with kindness.”

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