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gated village norfolk

josh101

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
hi all came across a really strange village in norfolk when i was out today on the OS map its marked as just a farm so i checked it out on google earth and it was more than a farm around 6 houses a huge farm and a church and some out building some derelict some live its in the middle of nowhere and has a gated track leading down to it when you get down the track its really strange each house has about 8 old cars in the drive like 1960 1970s cars that looked like they were being used still really gave me the creeps ive been in some strange places but this was a mix of the wicker man and the hills have eyes im going back next week to get some shots if anyone from norfolk has come across this any info would be great
 

norfolkexplorer

av u seen my marbels
28DL Full Member
#3
You got the right idea, go back check it out and wack up a report.. Any ideas or have you a link to where in Norfolk it is.
 

Bertie Bollockbrains

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#6
not my part of the world, but I do know that around the country several villages were compulsory abandoned during World War Two on orders of the war office, to be used as military training areas.

Imber in Wiltshire probably most famous (still on MOD land and open at Christmas to the public). Also Tyneham in Dorset (again still on MOD land but open to the public at weekends). But anyways several villages in Norfolk were abandoned for this reason - all around the Thetford Forest area. West Tofts and Stanford villages comes to mind (both had a church), but also others. Photos and the full story of Norfolk's lost villages here

Were you near to Thetford? Definitely would be a worthy report.
 

norfolkexplorer

av u seen my marbels
28DL Full Member
#11
Think you could be, and for def if in that area.. There is a lot of nobody ever went back to there old house after the war
 

Tawny Fawn

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#13
Is there anything much worth seeing in any of the villages or is it just trees and ruins now?
 

Bertie Bollockbrains

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#14
I live next to Salisbury Plain Training Area so can tell you about the village of Imber which was evacuated in WW2 - today few historic houses still stand and they are completely stripped and bare of anything. The priority for the MOD would be to provide an environment where soldiers can run around practicing fighting in built-up areas (FIBUA) and so all windows and furnishing taken away. The MOD also built houses at Imber to typically resemble a Northern Ireland urban environment. Salisbury Plain also has a purpose built FIBUA village called Copehill Down which is designed to resemble a typical German village (for in the days of the Cold War that was where it was predicted conflict would be). Copehill Down has recently been extended to resemble Afghan/Iraqi urban environments.

The lost villages of Norfolk today are in the STANTA training area... A few google image searchs show me that the villages are much the same way as Imber, just empty shells. STANTA also has purpose built FIBUA village as reported here and that looks almost identical to Copehill Down.

Purpose built FIBUA villages also exist at Sennybridge in South Wales and at Catterick in northern England.