Imber Village is an uninhabited village situated on Salisbury
Plain. In 1943, the entire population of the village were evicted in
order to cater for the American troops during the Second World War.
The villagers were not permitted to return to their homes after the
war and the Ministry of Defence remained in control of the village.
The general public are given access to Imber Village for several days
during the year.
On Sunday 1st January 2017, a small group of the
Twilight Shadows Paranormal team ventured out into the dark, stormy
night to visit the deserted village of Imber.
Even as we were driving down the long road towards Imber Village,
I felt quite uncomfortable which is unusual for me. We eventually
parked our cars and as we got out, we felt that this was a very eerie
place. We decided to visit the Bell pub. It is said that the sound of
laughter has been heard from this building, many years after it was
last used as a public house. We all entered the building (which is
now just a shell). We looked around downstairs for a while and during
that time we heard a sound which sounded like a footstep from the
floor above. So we decided to go up to that floor.
We thought that perhaps this may have been the landlord's living
quarters. I 'called out' and asked if there were any spirits present
and could they make a noise. Pete knocked and asked if there was a
spirit who could knock back. We all heard a thudding sound. Pete
knocked once more and we heard the sound again. Pete said that he
thought it was the same sound as we had heard when we were
We continued to 'call out' and we heard a noise coming from
downstairs. Dave said that he thought that he could hear the sound of
whispering. Pete said that he kept hearing the whispering also. We
suddenly smelt as if there was wood burning within the building. We
looked around but we already knew that there was not. I have since
discovered that the smell of a log fire burning is said to be one of
the ghostly phenomenon that occurs within the old Bell public house.
Tracey said that she heard a noise from above. We found a second
set of stairs and went up them into an attic type room. I felt more
comfortable on this floor. It wasn't as spooky as the other floors.
Nettie 'called out' but all was quiet. Pete told us that he'd felt a
bit light-headed earlier.
We all heard a sound which sounded like a voice and then an
exhaled breath with us in the room. Tracey said that she heard the
breath again right by her. Pete said that he could hear footsteps
downstairs. Dave ran down to check but there was nothing. We asked if
the footsteps could be heard in the same room as us. We heard
something twice and then a voice but we couldn't make out any words.
After a while, Tracey said she heard something bump. Pete captured
some light anomalies. As he was showing me the footage, I heard a
gasp right beside me. There was also the sound of a gasp captured on
Pete's footage. I heard footsteps behind me and Andrew said that he
heard a dragging sound. Pete then heard footsteps.
Several of us had fitted our equipment with new batteries that
evening and we noticed that they had drained, roughly at the same
time. We went back to the ground floor and eventually decided to move
to another building.
We all assembled into a cottage. It did not feel eerie like the
pub had felt. We stayed here for a good while 'calling out' and
listening but nothing strange happened here at all.
We walked across to this building. It did not feel spooky inside
this building either but we stayed for a considerable time to see if
we could contact any spirits. Nothing of a paranormal nature occurred
As the weather was deteriorating, we decided to end our
investigation. Imber Village was a very scary location to
investigate. There is so much history here. I would love to go back.
Written by: Maria Williams