The model battlefield of the Battle of Piercebridge looking north along the old Roman Road of Dere Street. The River Tees runs from left to right in the middle and the village of Piercebridge is on the north bank of the River Tees on the left. The model took 10 weeks to build and is made in 1/800 scale (2mm) and all the figures are from Irregular Miniatures and are 2mm (1/800 scale) The model has over 1000 model trees and all the buildings are made of balsa wood. The whole project has been somewhat a bit of an investigation with very little information on the battle, in fact no more than a paragraph. So with maps dating from 1760s, 1812 supplied by the North Yorkshire Records Office as well as a fantastic map dated 1727 from the archives of Lord Barnard of Raby Castle and modern ordnance survey maps I have managed to create something fairly similar to the terrain at the time of the battle. The information on the troop composition was supplied by the historian Phil Philo who was the leading man behind the project and from his talk and research on the battle, the model was conceived.
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