Evidence of Terracing

Photographs on this page have been selected to best illustrate how RCEs terraced the natural terrain of the site upon which Tweedsmuir Camp was erected. The scale of the work was of awesome proportions, which must have demanded the use of heavy machinery.

Overspill 1

The first photograph shows the view from the water tower and the line of our transect. The road can be seen clearly running left to right and beyond that the parade ground.

Most of the barracks in the camp were erected on levelled ground. In some instances, as shown to the right in the photograph, the spoil was deposited around the immediate area of excavation.

By studying the terrain upon which the main camp road was laid it is evident that its main section was engineered on terraced ground. This detail is illustrated by the third photograph above, which was taken facing due south.

To the right of the main camp road, in Beansides Wood, stands the water tower (fourth photograph above) and to the left of the road is the parade ground as shown in the photograph opposite.

Although the parade ground seems completely flat it was designed to slope down from west to east; towards the position from which the photograph to the right was taken.

By making a careful study of the land on which the parade ground was laid it is apparent that the west - east slope is manufactured. It is the largest area of flat land on the site with a terraced eastern boundary, raised by deliberate activity. This raised aspect of the terrain can be easily noted in the north eastern corner of the parade ground as shown in the last photograph on this page.