I was a little shocked by the pictures when it penetrated my brain how long she’s been around.
Her Majesty gives new meaning to the phrase "Long Live the Queen"
How old does this make you feel?
Where’s the Queen and LBJ? Apparently they never met.
In a beautiful part of Dorset, in southern England, lies the ghost village of Tyneham.
In 1943, the War Department requisitioned the village to exand the area for troops to practice in preparation for D-Day.
The villagers were given just 28 days notice to quit, and they had to leave just 6 days before Christmas, but were promised they could return after the war.
As the villagers were about to leave they put a note on the church door that read:
‘Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.‘
In 1947, the War Department went back on their word. No-one, not even the villagers were allowed on the land at all until 1975, not even to tend to graves of deceased family members. The village remains military land to this day, with occasional public openings.
It was on one of these ‘open’ days that I was able to take many photographs. Only the church and the schoolhouse remain in good condition.
I took many photographs when I was there. It is an interesting, but a sad place too, given its history