Audio slideshow: The lost village of Imber

The village of Imber on Salisbury Plain was abandoned nearly 70 years ago when the residents were forced to leave their homes in 1943.

The Ministry of Defence took over the area to use it for military exercises and today most of the village remains in use as a training ground. Photographer David White spoke to Rex Sawyer, author of Little Imber on Down, about the history of the village and the recent completion of a five-year restoration project on the Church of St Giles which stands apart from the military area.

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The church is open to the public on certain days and the Annual St Gilestide Service will be held on Saturday 18 September.

For further details see the Imber Church website.

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Photographs and audio by David White and Benjamin Chesterton from Duckrabbit Productions.

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