Hello Ruby, Oli, Rowan, Lyra, Thornton, Shirley and Yvonne! We have really enjoyed visiting wild ruins together as a couple, and thought it would be ever so fitting to suggest a little adventure to an amazing wild ruin near Bath. Maybe you could plan a trip together! If and when you manage to visit it, please take a selfie for us <3 we love you xxx

 

Imber Village
Warminster, SN10 4NG

As you travel across the wide open expanse of Salisbury Plain to Imber you get a very clear sense of how isolated this village once was. This intimate community would have been quite self-sufficient and protected from outside dangers such as plague. However isolation wasn't without its downsides. The road into Warminster was long and during bad weather the village would be cut off for days or weeks on end. Highwaymen took full advantage of this, regularly holding up farmers returning from market. The British Army first took up residence here in 1897, using the remote area as a training ground for large guns. Life for villagers became increasingly stressful and by 1943 Imber was fully surrounded by live firing ranges on all sides. Safety for its inhabitants could not be guaranteed so the War Office made the decision to evacuate and gave the remaining 135 villagers just 47 days to pack up their things and leave. Now the village is a haven for wildlife. Hoverflies pollinating the lime trees outside the manor house are so numerous that they are almost deafening and rare wildflowers grow all over the village. Imber is a fascinating place to visit but is only open on a few days each year (see imberchurch.org.uk)

Map co-ordinates: 51.2358, -2.0502

Excerpt from 'Wild Ruins' by Dave Hamilton