Towns and Villages


Tyneham is a small abandoned village around 5 miles west of Corfe Castle. The village dates back before medieval times and was a small thriving community with a Parish covering 3000 acres. The village was taken over by the military on the 17th November 1943 to be used as a training ground during World War 2. After the war the village remained under military control and has been used for the past 50 years as a target area for the tanks stationed at the nearby barrack.

Today most of the village lies in ruins with only the church and school remaining fully intact. The old manor house and small cottages have collapsed with only parts of their walls remaining and all repairs to the remains of the village are taken care of by the military.

Much of the area around the village is now covered in a rich variety of vegetation and wildlife with open fields on each side of the Purbeck hills and a area of woodland in the centre of the valley following a small steam down to the sea. The Purbeck hills which start at Swanage end around 1 mile west of Tyneham with a high cliff and long sandy beach below.

Click to view Tyneham Church - Ref: 943
Click to view Tyneham Church - Ref: 944
Click to view Tyneham Church - Ref: 945
Click to view Old telephone box - Ref: 946
Click to view Old telephone box - Ref: 947
Click to view Tyneham Church - Ref: 1106
Click to view Tyneham Church - Ref: 1107



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Church Knowle
Attraction - 3.73 miles away

Blue Pool
Attraction - 3.79 miles away

Attraction - 4.67 miles away

Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum
Attraction - 4.93 miles away

Corfe Castle
Attraction - 4.94 miles away

Attraction - 4.99 miles away

Dorset Waterpark
Attraction - 5.22 miles away