The Solway Military Coast
A Story of Conflict, Courage and Community
Created by Sarah Harper for the Devil’s Porridge Museum.
The fast running tides of the Solway Firth have ebbed and flowed for thousands of years, but, in the last one hundred years the role of the Solway hinterland has changed even more dramatically than those turning tides.
By the late 1930s, Fascism had gripped Germany and was spreading across Europe. The British Government began to prepare for battle, both for military purposes and to protect citizens from potential invasion. Once again, attention would be turned to the Solway Coast to mobilise for this time of need. This western portion of the Borderland would rise to the occasion just as it had in the First World War and play a mighty party in the defence of the United Kingdom.