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Mind you, the sea round here is mildly radio-active, as there is a an outfall from AERE Winfrith (or whatever it calls itself now that it has been privatised)
just up the coast at Arish Mell. However, this does not seem to put people off swimming.
In a small enclosure just off the main path is an
unusual relic of World War II; an Allen Williams Steel Turret.
As the nearby plaque
explains, this consisted
of a hemispherical top made of welded metal plates over buried cylinder of
concrete, just large enough for one person to stand in.
The idea of spending hours cooped up in one of these on a cold winter's day,
does not bear thinking about.
Like Imber in Wiltshire and the villages in the Stanford Training Area in Norfolk,
Tyneham was taken over by the War Department during the Second World War, and never
The Elizabethan manor house was pulled down in 1967, but the school (now a museum) and church are still in a good state
of repair. There are also substantial remains of many of the other houses and cottages.