Sedimentary slide deformation structures in the Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) sediments of the Bowland basin show a spoon-shaped morphology with extension in the head region and compression in the toe. The particular structures developed depend on the rheological properties of the sediment involved. Slides in soft sediment have deformation distributed throughout the slide mass, with folding being the dominant deformation style. Slides within more lithified sediment have deformation concentrated along slip planes. Both types of deformation may be present within a particular slide, depending on diagenetic factors and the depth to which slide planes cut down. Disaggregation of slides to yield material for sediment gravity flows is explained by processes operating within the slide unit.