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Prees Heath Military Camp
Prees Heath, close to Whitchurch, is now covered with long lines of wooden buildings which have been put up by an army of joiners. Already there are hundreds of hutments marking where the heath was on each side of the main road to Shrewsbury. These hutments are about 50 feet long and about 20 feet deep. Joiners and labourers are employed from all over the country in putting them up. It is stated that in addition to the thousands of infantry who will be accommodated on Prees Heath, batteries of artillery will be quartered in Bettisfield Park. The building of the huts finds employment for workmen at remunerative rates. Joiners are paid 9½d. an hour and labourers up to 7d. an hour. It is expected that the camp will be completed four or five weeks hence.
Chester Chronicle 6th February 1915