Houndown Camp

Located at the very top of Houndown, across the Thursley Road from Tweedsmuir, are the remains of Houndown Camp, comprising concrete foundations and water treatment facilitites. During WWII Houndown Camp provided tent accomodation for sections of the Royal Marines. However, it is not clear whether the camp also included barracks or brick buildings.

There were six air vented tents in which the Royal Marines were billeted. Each tent had a concrete floor one of which is shown in this photograph. Three square holes in the middle of the concrete floor (labelled by red arrows) held in place tent poles.

The foundation outlined in the second picture is sited in a secluded corner of Houndown. Its straight, solid edge is indicative of a foundation layed for a barracks.

The yellow lines in the next two images indicate the centers of concrete gulleys. Their width and architecture suggest that they once formed part of a tented shower complex.

Close to the concrete gulleys is a small water treatment facility, consisting of two parallel brick sedimentation tanks.

At the two rear corners of each tank are drains as indicated by blue arrows. Between each tank is a concrete gulley at the end of which is a brick wall with a shallow arch (orange arrow and enlarged below).

The arch allowed water to escape down an overlapping, concrete chute the centre of which is marked by an orange line in this photograph.

The purpose of this water handling system would have been to treat grey water from the shower complex before discharging it, via the chute, into the open environment some 90 metres below the water treatment tanks.

Today the grey water treatment system's achitecture consists of components as shown in this graphic.

Black water treatment was facilitated by a separate, more complex sewage disposal system.

As in the design of the grey water treatment system the black water amenity also includes a chute, but in this case is much deeper in construction (green arrow). Again, the chute removed treated discharge to the open environment 90 meters below the water treatment tanks.

To the front elevation is a small septic tank structure, which includes earthenware inlet and outlet pipes and two baffles.

The architectural features of the black water treatment system appear as shown in the graphic to the right.

Next to a vehicular track, made by army trucks during WWII, are the remains of fire fighting equipment, consisting of a section of train rail and a short length of 50 mm diameter water pipe that is now capped off. Two holes at the top of the rail once held in place bolts that supported a reel around which was wound a rubber hose. There were two such appliances in Houndown Camp.