Thursday 7th August 2014
Today is Linda’s last day with us. Paul is coming to pick her up this evening. So we thought it would be nice if we could all go out together (me, Linda, Chris and the dogs). As it was such a nice day we decided to go to the village of Tyneham and take a picnic. So first of all we had to make our lunch. Here Chris decides that he can fit an entire Camembert cheese into his roll.
Linda and I soon disabused him of that idea though! So we made our lunch and then set out mid-morning, which was a mistake as the traffic to get into the Purbeck Hills was dreadful and we were stuck in a traffic jam heading to Wareham for ages. Eventually we got through it and made our way to Tyneham, though.
So about Tyneham: it is a deserted village. Up until 1943 it was a small rural community on the edge of the army firing ranges at Lulworth. The village, itself, was mentioned in the Doomesday Book, and parts of the church date from the thirteenth century. But in 1943 the War Office decided they needed the village and land for training troops, and in November 1943 the villages received letters telling them they had to leave within one month. The last of them left on 17th December 1943. They always hoped they would be allowed to return, but in 1948 the army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land and the village fell into ruin. Chris and I haven’t been there since about 1990, and so were surprised at how much it has been tidied up with a large car park added.
Anyway, on to photos of Tyneham. These are the labourers cottages.
And this is the church.
Inside the altar is nicely dressed.
And these are the memorials to the local landowners, the Bond family.
The large manor house which was in the nearby woods no longer exists, but this was the rectory.
And these were the rectory cottages.
The schoolhouse still stands though.
And an old schoolroom has been recreated inside.
Finally, a view over the village pond.
After we walked around the village we had our picnic. Here’s Linda and Chris at the picnic table.
Then we took the path down to Worbarrow Bay.
This is the bay.
The dogs were happy to get down to some cooling water as it was fairly hot.
And here’s Jez.
And after the dogs had cooled down Linda and Chris sat on the beach – although not together!
This is a view looking back along the beach. That large ‘hill’ is known as Worbarrow Tout.
After we left the beach we walked back to Tyneham and then drove back up the hill out of the village. About a quarter of a mile to the west we stopped at Povington Hill, which has spectacular views over Poole Harbour and the Lulworth Ranges to the north.
And over the sea and Tyneham to the south.
It had been a lovely day. Paul arrived to collect Linda early evening, and before they left we shared an Indian takeaway.
A year ago today
We went to Canford Heath for our walk, where I took this photo of a couple of Stonechats.