Exploring the “Village of the Damned”

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 03.08.2010

Some days, you just get lucky – yesterday was no exception. After scouting 3 places, I went abandonment hunting and found something strange. Village of the Damned is set in the middle of a wood, its the remains of an abandoned village – still left is some houses, a chapel, restaurant and theatre. There is also the remains of a large manor house which is partly demolished – very close to the site is a redevelopment of houses with builders and site security working 24/7

I had scouted a newly vacated mental clinic early in the morning, a tower block and a abandoned restaurant and leisure complex, got some good intel and will be back this weekend to shoot one of them.

Driving around hunting, I saw a building site so took a drive into it – thats when I saw the partly demolished manor house. The site was full of builders and a site security post so I took a drive, dumped my car in a field and went to enter the site from the reverse. After doing some climbing to just get into the wood, I made my way up a track – it struck me it looked very man made

Title: If you go down to the woods today… by sophos9, on Flickr
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It looked pretty eerie but when I came to end of it, I noticed buildings – it was only when I got closer that I realised it was a restaurant and something else

Title: Abandoned Restaurant Menu by sophos9, on Flickr
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It was only when I got inside that I realised what else was there, an abandoned theatre – was amazed. It was pitch black in there, I had with me the same lighting packs we used in the Chemical Labs in Berlin when we shot that place in the dark, after lighting it up – I saw the once grand centre stage and went for the grand tour

Title: The abandoned theatre by sophos9, on Flickr
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Leaving the theatre, I headed down another track and found more buildings, a row of houses, one large bungalow and a chapel. The place is massively overgrown which was fun, I had not expected this and was wearing jeans and sneakers, feet and legs were soaked

Title: Abandoned overnight, only silence remains by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Houses in the Abandoned Village by sophos9, on Flickr
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Inside the houses, they looked OK – stripped completely but OK. Also noticed there is no vandalism what so ever

Title: You are home now… by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Inside the abandoned houses by sophos9, on Flickr
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I had not been able to take a tripod, it was left in the car so all the shots were single shots, no HDR and no tonemap process

The church was great, had been ripped apart but great – looks like the result of a horror film

Title: Church of the Damned by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Inside the village church by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Abandoned Chapel in the Village by sophos9, on Flickr
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On the way out, I found additional buildings – this was some messed up stable with Xmas tree lights, candle and straw – I had also noticed mattresses in the theatre so think at some time, a transient has had a nice stay

Title: Beautiful decay by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Former home of the village caretaker? by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Gothic Chamber? by sophos9, on Flickr
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Title: Looking at me through the glass… by sophos9, on Flickr
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And that was it, I did make a little video of some of the place – its done with an iPhone 4 in HD, dont expect too much hahaha

Hope you enjoyed you tour of the “Village of the Damned”


#1Mark BlundellAugust 3, 2010, 9:46 am

Thats a really nice find, what a surprise! Is there any hisotry on the place?

#2sophos9August 3, 2010, 9:56 am

Amazing right? Could not believe it… So there is nothing in the place that gives away what it was for however I’m sure a small village would not have a restaurant and theatre?

I’m going to speak with some of the people that live as local as possible to see what they know. The only thing I can think is that it was a movie set or something similar?


#3KittybAugust 11, 2010, 3:50 pm

Wow! Whereabouts is this? I’d love to know 🙂

#4DebbieApril 20, 2011, 6:04 am

Has anyone discovered any history about this abandoned village yet?

    #5sophos9April 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    Hi, yep – the history is now in hand but needs a picture to display it. Drop me an email – sophos9@talkurbex.com for more info 🙂

#6Kitten of DoomApril 26, 2011, 7:00 pm

Are you going to put the history up here? 😀

#7genMay 1, 2011, 6:39 pm

Any knowledge yet, what city this was and what happened to it?

#8genMay 1, 2011, 6:40 pm

Interesting, and very good photography. My compliments.

#9genMay 3, 2011, 1:59 am

Again, wonderful photography – – good composure and great use of light! Thank you for sharing.

#10MartinFSeptember 23, 2011, 6:20 pm

WTF??? This is the wierdest location… it looks like one of those places the military use for training except they seldom bother with props so the theatre would have been empty. It’#s not some old army base or something is it? Is it in the UK???

What a find!!! More piccies please!

Cheers man!

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