Imber

Ordnance Survey map of Imber from 1902
The Imber Ranges by-laws
The tower of St Giles' in 2002
The former Seagrams Farm
Houses used for training purposes
This building was a pub known as The Bell
Imber Court building
Monument to victim of highwaymen, Imber Range

Uninhabited village within the British Army's training area on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England.

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Ordnance Survey map of Imber from 1902

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Church of St Peter and St Paul

Heytesbury

Village and a civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

Village and a civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Hospital of St John and St Katherine
Heytesbury lock-up

The civil parish includes most of the small neighbouring settlement of Tytherington, and the deserted village of Imber.

Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain

Chalk plateau in the south western part of central southern England covering 300 sqmi.

Chalk plateau in the south western part of central southern England covering 300 sqmi.

Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain
Rough map of military training area (green) on Salisbury Plain within Wiltshire (blue) (it accounts for about half the area of Salisbury Plain)
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain
Military use makes some areas of the plain inaccessible to the public.
Typical grassland at Netheravon Down.
The burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata) can be found on Salisbury Plain
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis lucina)
The cuckoo bee Nomada armata
The fairy shrimp Chirocephalus diaphanus
The stone curlew

In 1943, the village of Imber and the hamlet of Hinton Parva were evacuated to allow training for Operation Overlord to be conducted.

A US Army M113 in Panama in 1989

Urban warfare

Combat conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities.

Combat conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities.

A US Army M113 in Panama in 1989
JGSDF soldiers practice MOUT tactics in the Ojojibara Maneuver Area of Sendai, Japan during an exercise in 2004.
The Battle of Tampere during the 1918 Finnish Civil War was the largest urban warfare in the Nordic war at the time, measured by the number of troops involved. The picture shows the ruins of the city of Tampere after the battle.
Japanese troops in the ruins of Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, devastated during the Battle of Manila in 1945.
Urban warfare is fought within the constraints of the urban terrain.
Home Army soldiers assault a fortified house in downtown Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
Italian soldiers street fighting in Stalino, October 1941.
The Reichstag after its capture in 1945.
A devastated street in Berlin city centre, 3 July 1945.
A Chechen separatist near the Presidential Palace in Grozny, January 1995
Israeli soldiers of the Kfir Brigade during an exercise simulating the takeover of a hostile urban area.
An IDF Caterpillar D9L armoured bulldozer.
Zambraniyah Training Village in Orogrande, New Mexico, United States
A Brazilian soldier moves down an escape corridor

During World War II, as preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy, the population of the English village of Imber was evacuated compulsorily to provide an urban training area for United States forces.

From left: Dave Clark, Denis Payton, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley and Lenny Davidson.

Catch Us If You Can (film)

The 1965 feature-film debut of director John Boorman.

The 1965 feature-film debut of director John Boorman.

From left: Dave Clark, Denis Payton, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley and Lenny Davidson.

On their journey, Steve and Dinah first encounter a group of beatniks squatting in MOD-owned buildings on Salisbury Plain (some of this sequence was shot in the evacuated village of Imber), and then, an eccentric, upper-class, middle-aged married couple (Yootha Joyce and Robin Bailey) in the opulent surroundings of the Royal Crescent in Bath, Somerset.

The House and Priory Church

Edington Priory

Founded by William Edington, the bishop of Winchester, in 1351 in his home village of Edington, about 3+3/4 mi east of the town of Westbury.

Founded by William Edington, the bishop of Winchester, in 1351 in his home village of Edington, about 3+3/4 mi east of the town of Westbury.

The House and Priory Church
Edington priory house, 1826
Ladywell, Edington
The church from the south, 2009
The Priory House in 2008
Pews in the nave
Roof of the nave
The church in 2008

The church has medieval glass and contains the burial monuments of several local notables, including tombs removed from St Giles at Imber during the early 1950s, following the evacuation of that village in 1943.

St Giles' Church, Imber

St Giles' Church in the deserted village of Imber, Wiltshire, England, was built in the late 13th or early 14th century.

Somerville College Hall

Neil Spring

Welsh novelist of supernatural horror, known for his bestselling books, The Ghost Hunters (2013) and The Lost Village (2017).

Welsh novelist of supernatural horror, known for his bestselling books, The Ghost Hunters (2013) and The Lost Village (2017).

Somerville College Hall

Spring's third novel is set in the abandoned Wiltshire village of Imber and again features Harry Price.

Cover of paperback edition

Bollocks to Alton Towers

Humorous travel book written by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris, and Joel Morris (the creators of The Framley Examiner), which showcases unusual attractions, left-field museums and one-off days out in the United Kingdom.

Humorous travel book written by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris, and Joel Morris (the creators of The Framley Examiner), which showcases unusual attractions, left-field museums and one-off days out in the United Kingdom.

Cover of paperback edition

Imber

Warminster railway station

Warminster railway station serves the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England.

Warminster railway station serves the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England.

A Class 158 working a Portsmouth Harbour service

Once a year, a bus service (colloquially known as route 23A) runs from Warminster station to the uninhabited village of Imber.

One of a series of Ministry of Information propaganda posters, comparing industrial workers to members of the armed forces. This one paraphrases Lord Nelson's famous signal; "England expects that every man will do his duty".

Timeline of the United Kingdom home front during World War II

Timeline of the United Kingdom home front during World War II covering Britain 1939–45.

Timeline of the United Kingdom home front during World War II covering Britain 1939–45.

One of a series of Ministry of Information propaganda posters, comparing industrial workers to members of the armed forces. This one paraphrases Lord Nelson's famous signal; "England expects that every man will do his duty".
Evacuee schoolchildren leave Stepney in London at 5 am on 1 September 1939.
Newspaper vendor holding stack of newspapers and sign announcing the state of war
Identity Card – 1943
A government poster urging mothers not to bring their evacuated children back to vulnerable urban areas.
Local Defence Volunteers receive rifle instruction, Surrey 1940.
Looking down the River Thames towards the London Docks, 7 September 1940.
Coventry Cathedral and the city centre in ruins, 16 November 1940.
Londoners shelter from an air raid in an Underground station.
Civilian rationing: A shopkeeper cancels the coupons in a British housewife's ration book in 1943
A recruitment poster for men to work in coal mining. The shortage of miners was solved from December 1943 by conscripts being chosen by ballot to be Bevin Boys.
Civil Defence rescue teams search a large pile of rubble following a V-1 flying bomb attack in Upper Norwood, London.
Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on Victory in Europe Day, 8 May 1945.
Demobilised troops disembark at Dover, 1945.

Villages in the South Hams area of Devon were compulsorily evacuated to create a training area for the planned D-Day landings. Also evacuated were the villages of Imber in Wiltshire and Tyneham in Dorset. The inhabitants of the last two have never been allowed to return.