NO3019 : WWI firing range, Densmuirhill

taken 8 months ago, near to Craigsimmie, Fife, Great Britain

WWI firing range, Densmuirhill
WWI firing range, Densmuirhill
Situated on the south side of Norman's Law, this structure intrigued us. Our research identified it as a First World War Firing Range. The following information is from Canmore:

Range targets have been identified on the lower S-facing slopes of Norman's Hill (information to RCAHMS via e-mail from D Payne, Fife Council Environmental Services, 19 November 2009).

The targets for the firing range are substantially built of stone with an earthen bank immediately to the S. The stone or revetment wall is set at the foot of a trench or ditch in which are several metal target frames. The frames may have supported a system of targets which could be raised by pulleys to the required firing height (ibid D Payne 2009). The ditch is about 25m long with huts at the E end and the earth bank is about 31m long. This is shown on the current OS digital maps.

The OS Revision 6-inch map (Fifeshire, sheet vii ne, 1914), depicts the targets, but only as a raised bank. No targets are shown on the 2nd Edition (ibid). It has to be assumed that there was more extensive firing points in the area as the OS Edition of 1914 also shows a set of targets at NO 30574 19790 about 251m NW from those at the foot of Norman's Hill. The targets to the NW are still visible on the ground as a mound along with a 100 yard marker shown on the 1914 map, visible as a low mound at c.NO 309590 19694. The current OS digital map shows this target as a curved feature.

The ranges may have been for Volunteer Regiment tarining.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), February 2010; D Payne, Fife Council Environmental Services, November 2009
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 February, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Former (from Tags)
Firing Range 
Primary Subject of Photo
Military Relic 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 3072 1959 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:21.8120N 3:7.3782W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 3068 1963
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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