A ghostly, abandoned village in the heart of Salisbury Plain

Imber is a tiny village settled in the heart of Salisbury Plain approximately 5 miles north east of Warminster. Now used by the military as training grounds and firing ranges, Imber is only open to the public a number of times a year on public holidays because there’s a church with a cemetery, although this isn’t always the case.

You can check the opening times of Imber here: http://www.imberchurch.org.uk/index.html

Military training

Most of the buildings in Imber are these purpose-built houses used for military training. They create an eerie atmosphere amongst the visitors and a sense of bleakness in the cold winter weather.

High security

The entire village (even though open to the public on Easter weekend) was still fenced off in most places. The lack of access to the houses and locked, abandoned buildings made us more daring to break the rules and sneak in to one of the crumbling, disused ruins.

Land of the dead

Imber is only open to the public because of the cemetery at Imber Church. Many people come here to pay respects to family members lost who used to live here before the villagers were evicted from their homes in 1943.

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