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The abandoned village of Imber

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by mattie, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. mattie

    mattie missing in inaction

  2. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    That looks spooky.

    What's that place on the Mendips that was flooded to make the reservoir? When water levels are low, you can see the church spire.
     
  3. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Not personally but know people who have - used to be involved in Cruisewatch way back when and hung around Salisbury Plain a load. Some of the folk would mooch about sites where the convoy had deployed as interesting stuff would turn up in what they left behind. Took part in some mass trespass at Springhill Quarry (sp?) where that big govt bunker with its own rail siding was too. It might even be open to the public now but got myself nicked and fined for not much at the time.
     
  4. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

  5. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    thats funny so did my dad and we were talking about it only the other day.

    I haven't been to imber despite trying to (got foiled but it will happen), my parents have been.

    I have walked across the army land though.
     
  6. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    it's usually open at easter and over christmas/new year a few days, and there's usually a church service. The village itself is not that atmospheric really, but there's a bit of a tingle watching the people go into the church. Most of the buildings are pretty derelict, or patched up with breeze blocks, but there's an old manor house in a walled garden that appears to untouched and unused and thus mysterious in a Famous Five sort of way.

    What I like is the emptiness of the plain, apart from a few dead tanks there's little evidence of the military or of people.

    fwiw I did quite a bit of Cruisewatching too, but never made it anywhere near Imber, we were always creeping around on the other side of the plain, by the Bustard.
     
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'd love to visit the place. Here's an interesting photo slideshow (recommend you turn your volume down!)



    And turn your volume to off for this one:

     
  8. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Imber is also usually open one Saturday / weekend a year (this year's was 3 August), and there's usually a bus service around the area connecting it with the outside world - more here
     
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  9. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Sproutarian.

    It features in one of my misheard lyrics ..

     
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  10. mog1976

    mog1976 fuzzy wuzzy wuz a bear

    Theres more going on there then where i come from :D
     
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  11. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

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  12. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Yes quite often copehill down is better as the buildings are closer together and bigger.
     
  13. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    I've been there too - it does feel a bit weird. :)
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  15. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    driving around there is strange as well, lots of signs for tanks! And warnings about ordinance :hmm:
     
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  16. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

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  17. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    The warnings reminded me of a visit to the Warcop firing range up in the Pennines when I was a lad.
     
  18. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I think there is a layby in the area where you can park up and watch tanks driving fast around a tank track, going up and down over tank humps, and creating a lot of dust (it was very dry when we were there) it was exciting :oops:
     
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  19. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Did you go 'vroom vroom' and pretend you were driving a tank? :D
     
  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    :oops:
     
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  21. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    I knew it! :D
     
  22. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    i did, but i was learning to drive this at the time.

    [​IMG]

    not a tank, as i was repeatedly told by my exasperated instructors - big gun, tracks. its a tank, and i'm a muthafuka tank commander muthafuka, (massive throaty diesel roar as 50 tons of better-than-sex rips up verges, fences, signposts, bits of road...) oddly, i was never required to actually drive one again.
     
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  23. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    bump - Saturday (22 August) is this year's Imber Bus event

    more here
     
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  24. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Bigger. Already out all day playing at tourist in town
     
  25. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s Well-Known Member

    I'v been to Imber (and Tyneham). It's a bit boring with nothing to see but a few old houses that the army play in. The manor house is still whole and the church untouched and used for god stuff. Driving across the parts of the plain that you usually can't was the best bit. Worth going? mabey if strange is what you like.
     
  26. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    another bump - imber bus thing (connecting to / from trains at warminster assuming there are any trains to connect with) this saturday 26 August

    Imberbus
     
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  27. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Somewhere under the raincloud

    Voted best nightlife in Wiltshire ten years running.
     
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