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Northumberland On The Somme

Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:57 -- Samantha

July 1st 2016 will mark 100 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme. To commemorate the anniversary we have worked closely with members of Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Archives to carefully edited our original The Battle of The Somme App (Available to download here) with pictures, videos and stories of the brave men of Northumberland who fought in the battle during WW1. Read more about Northumberland On The Somme

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A Business Trip...

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:58 -- Samantha

Now that we have finally been able to produce some marketing material for our Hadrian's Wall Country app it was time to deliver it. We decided to start at Bowness-on-Solway and make our way back along the wall towards Newcastle stopping at as many BnB's hotels, pubs and restaurants as we could. Every place we visited offered a warm reception and were more than happy to chat to us and let us leave posters and leaflets.      Read more about A Business Trip...

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The first attack on British soil in WW1

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 14:09 -- Samantha

At approximately 8.00am on a cold December morning, under the cover of darkness a powerful German naval battle group negotiated the hazardous minefields of the North Sea, its target was the still slumbering north-east coastal towns of Scarborough. The bombardment lasted until  around 8.30am when the ships moved north to the shores of Whitby and then Hartlepool. That fateful morning in Scarborough18 people fell victim to the German attack;

Leonard Ellis, back of Londesborough Road.

Harry Harland (30).

Harry Frith (45) 1 Bedford Street. Read more about The first attack on British soil in WW1

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Did the Romans Celebrate Christmas

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 12:32 -- Samantha

Christmas today is associated with Santa Claus, gift exchange, decorations and over indulgence of all the things we love. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season almost 2000 years ago?

Saturnalia originated as a farmers' festival and commemorated the dedication of the temple of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture and the harvest. During this the Romans’ basically enjoyed a good mid-winter knees up! They would feast on the finest foods, drink the finest ales and celebrate with dancing, singing and everything fun! Read more about Did the Romans Celebrate Christmas

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Demo Tour Point

Tue, 02/12/2014 - 09:32 -- Samantha

Yesterday we published our first demo tour point! This is basically an example of an actual point on our Hadrian's Wall Country app map. It is stand 6 which is house steads Roman Fort. There are several images included along with audio and text taken from the app. For the next few days we will be adding one point from each of our 6 apps to give you an insight of what each one has to offer! But dont forget there is so much more to each app than the map. There are videos, hundereds of images, audio, video and lots more supporting information. Read more about Demo Tour Point

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The Battle Of The Somme App

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:42 -- Samantha


With 2014 being the centenary of WW1 many people will have been planning visits to battlefield areas to commemorate their loved ones. As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, if your more of a DIY person our app tour of the Somme allows you to divulge the hidden history of the battlefield at your own pace, at a time of your choosing and can be tailored to your own needs. Read more about The Battle Of The Somme App

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Looking for some Winter sun?

Wed, 12/11/2014 - 10:56 -- Samantha

In the run up to December here in the UK everyone is preparing for winter and of course, Christmas. But did you know the best time to visit Grand Cayman is anywhere from the end of November to April/May time?
This is because at this time of year the summer storms Grand Cayman encounters begin to diminish and the likelihood of encountering hurricanes decreases considerably. The summer season runs from approximately May through October and is the rainy season on the island, holidays tend to be cheaper at this time of the year but you’re not likely to have the best time.
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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 80

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 14:19 -- Samantha

Its the final day of Along The Wall In 80 Days!! Its been quite a journey and we've learned so much about the wall that we didn't know before. We've gone from the west to the south and counted down through the many milecastles all along the wall and found out more about each of the Roman Forts and what they have to offer, we even learned a great deal about the Roman people and soldiers that built the wall almost over 2000 years ago! Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 80

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 77

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 10:57 -- Samantha

Thousands of people visit Hadrian's Wall each year, many of these walk or cycle the wall, either for leisure or to raise money for charity. Either way why not visit and grab yourself a  fabulous t-shirt from a small, family run business based in the heart of Hadrian's Wall country. Help support local businesses and look great at the same time! Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 77

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 76

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 10:47 -- Samantha

The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day-conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast. This year’s programme features talks on excavation projects at Maryport (Steve Rowland and Tony Wilmott), Vindolanda (Andrew Birley) and Wallsend (Nick Hodgson) as well as that at Binchester (David Mason) which has revealed arguably the best-preserved Roman building in the whole of Britain. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 76

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 75

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 10:42 -- Samantha

The spectacular Shield Boss found near the mouth of the River Tyne in 1867 and dates back to the early 2nd century AD, it will be on display at Arbeia Roman Fort and will form the centerpiece for a new display highlighting the nationally and internationally significant collections at Arbeia, relating to this aspect of Hadrian's Wall. It is well worth a visit, find out more hereRead more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 75

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 73

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 10:33 -- Samantha

Take a visit to Chesters Roman Fort this half term, join the Imperial Army and take part in hands-on activities in line with the duties of a Roman soldier, stationed on Hadrian's Wall. From drills, swords and shields to replica armour, story telling and ancient artefacts, your little soldier will be immersed in Northumberland's Roman story. Find out more HERE  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 73

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 69

Fri, 15/08/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

On Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of August, have a trip to Housesteads Roman Fort and find out all about life as a Roman soldier..."Meet an iconic Roman Legionary stationed at the famous Housesteads Roman Fort. Our soldier recalls the building of the wall, his service in the Roman army and the pursuit of the enemy. You can also hear the words of the ancient Briton, the impact of the Wall and the “peace” it brought. Dramatic presentations with costumed actors throughout each day" Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 69

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 63

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 21:12 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 63

Day 63 

As we have already found out in several previous blog posts, each milecatsle has 2 associated Turrets. Most of the turrets along Hadrian's wall are better preserved than their associated milecastle. The turrets between milecastle 29 and 25 however have little to show for them selves however some are better preserved than others. 

The turrets associated with Milecastle 29 are 29A, Black Carts, and 29B, Limestone Bank. The remains of 29A are some of the best along Hadrian's Wall and are well worth a visit.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 63

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 62

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 21:11 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 62

Milecastles 29-25



All this week on our #AlongTheWallIn80Days blog were going start finding out about the last few remaining milecastles, stretching from Humbaughshaw in Hexham to the very last milecastle in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. 

Almost all of the milecastles between 29 and 20 have no substatial remains that can be seen above ground, however a visit to these sites is always very interesting. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 62

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 58

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 14:21 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 58

Milecastle 33 (Shield on the Wall) was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall, one of a series of small fortlets built at intervals of approximately one Roman mile along the length of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern England. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 58

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 56

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:30 -- Samantha

Milecastle 34 - Day 56 #Alongthewallin80days


Milecastle 34, also known as Grindon was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall. There are no visible remains, but the site is within a small, tree-filled, walled enclosure located around 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) east of Sewingshields farm. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 56

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 52

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 15:53 -- Samantha

Day 52 - Milecastle 36

The site of Milecastle 36 is located on King's Hill, 800 metres northeast of Housesteads Roman Fort. There is little to see on the ground as most of the walls have been robbed and quarried away. The milecastle was robbed of most of its remaining stone in 1831. Part of the east and west walls are indicated by robber-trenches however the remainder of the milecastle has been destroyed by surface quarrying, and the featureless interior is overlain by Wall tumble. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 52

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 51

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 15:01 -- Samantha

Just west of Housesteads Roman Fort is Milecastle 37  (grid reference NY78506869). 

The milecastle has been excavated several times over the years in 1853, 1907 and 1933. The remains have been partly reconstructed and consolidated and are now in the care of English Heritage. The wall has a maximum height of 2.2 meters internally. The milecastle has a short axis, with a Type I gateway. The milecastle contains the remains of a small barrack block in the east half, which survives to 1.0 meter high. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 51

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98th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 11:38 -- Samantha

The 1st of July 2014 marks the 98th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme - the blackest day in history for the British Army.

The Battle was to be the British Army's major offensive on the Western Front. Starting at 7:30am on the 1st of July 1916, the battle raged for another 148 days. There were 57,470 casualties on the first day alone of whom 19,240 died of their wounds. Read more about 98th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 47

Sun, 29/06/2014 - 20:59 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 47


Not far from Milecastle 39 is the Roman Vindolanda. 

Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort just south of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. Located near the modern village of Bardon Mill, it guarded the Stanegate, the Roman road from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 47

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 45

Fri, 27/06/2014 - 20:13 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 45

There are always charity events going on along the wall, this one isn't till September so there's no excuses, sign up and get training and fundraising today!

"The English Heritage fundraising challenge returns with the Hadrian’s Wall Hike! Sign up today to walk 30 miles of ‘the best of the wall’ from Lanercost Priory to Chester’s Roman Fort, stopping at famed English Heritage sites – such as Birdoswald Roman Fort – en route. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 45

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 44

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 44

What better way to enjoy Hadrian's Wall than to walk it while raising money for a good cause. On 26 September 2014 the NSPCC and dedicated fundraisers will trek 26 miles along some of the most beautiful sections of Hadrian's Wall in an attempt to raise thousands for the charity.

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 43

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha
We are now more than half way through our #Alongthewallin80days blog! Here at Pocket Tours we hope you have leaned something new about the amazing living landscape of the North and the world heritage site that is Hadrian's Wall! There is still another 40 milecastles to learn a bit more about and so much more learn about the wall and all it has to offer.
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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 41

Mon, 23/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

Milecastle 41, also known as Melkridge was a milecastle on Hadrian's Wall, grid reference NY73026705. There are no visible remains above ground but the milecastle can be made out by turf-covered banks outlined by robber trenches. The milecastle lies to the west if Caw Gap and a cottage, long removed, occupied the site of, and was built from, the materials of milecastle 41.

Milecastle 41 has 2 associated turrets, Turret 41A Caw Gap (grid reference NY72556688), and Turret 41B, Thorny Doors (grid reference NY72056683). Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 41

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along the wall in 80 days - Day 40

Sun, 22/06/2014 - 21:33 -- Samantha

Milecastle 42 can be found on one of the best preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall. It is situated on a steep south facing slope, 10 metres south of Cawfield Crags, and looks over Hole Gap to the west. The remains measure 17.8 metres east-west by 14.4 metres north-south internally, with walls 2.8 metres thick and 1.4 metres high.  Read more about along the wall in 80 days - Day 40

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 39

Sat, 21/06/2014 - 10:30 -- Samantha

Milecastles 43 and 44 are next on the countdown. 

Milecastle 44, grid reference NY68886694, can be found about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) west of the Great Chesters fort, also known as Aesica. The milecastle survives as a small number of visible facing stones, and a turf-covered bank but not much more can be seen.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 39

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 38

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 09:58 -- Samantha

Day 38 

Milecastle 45, grid reference NY67716657, can be found on top of Waltown Crags. Very little remains of the milecastle due to it being robbed if stone over the centuries. Robber trenches that are flanked by spoiler banks however can be clearly seen on arial photographs.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 38

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 32 & 33

Sun, 15/06/2014 - 18:29 -- Samantha

Milecastles 54 and 53 are both not visible above ground however small sections of Hadrian's Wall can be seen from both. 

Milecastle 53 is situated on a west-facing hill-slope northwest of the village of Lanercost. The sections of wall that can be viewed here stands as a length of mortared wall core about 1.7 metres high. When milcastle 54 was excavated in 1934, It measured internally 19.3 metres east to west by 23.3 metres north to south. It contained a west barrack comprising two rooms, one of which had stone benches, a hearth and a millstone. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 32 & 33

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 31

Fri, 13/06/2014 - 23:32 -- Samantha



Hadrians wall was built as a barrier to control the Northen regions of what is now known as Scotland. In order for the great barrier to work effectively the Romans built forts, milecastles and turrets from east to west to constantly monitor the goings on and adequately protect themselves from the barbarian tribes.   Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 31

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#alongthewallin80days - Day 29

Wed, 11/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

Keeping in theme, todays blog is back to the Milecastles and next on our countdown are milcastles 56, 57 & 58. 

The location of both of these milecastles is still not known and both have had their locations estimated in relation to the locations of other Roman remains close by.  Read more about #alongthewallin80days - Day 29

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 28

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 09:13 -- Samantha

Yesterdays post mentioned how some of the pottery at the site of Milecastle 59 was said to be 'Romano-British'. Romano-British is how we refer to the culture that was prevalent at the time the Romans had established a home here in Britain. It arose as a fusion of the imported Roman culture with that of the indigenous Britons, a people of Celtic language and custom. The Romans effected all aspects of the once Celtic Britain from the language to the religion. After A.D. 43 the Latin language advanced rapidly, Monuments erected durning the Roman period were all inscribed in Latin.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 28

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 27

Mon, 09/06/2014 - 15:29 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 27

Milecastles 50 to 59 are similar to most along the western end of the wall in that there are no visible remains above ground; Some have been excavated but others have not and there locations have been estimated within relevance to other roman remains near by.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 27

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#Alongthewallin80days -Day 26

Sun, 08/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 26

The last 7 days have all been about the Roman Empire and there is still sooo much to learn about it, however, the main purpose of #Alonghewallin80days is to count down along the wall starting at milecastle 79 right down to Milecastle 0, so starting from tomorrow its back to learning all about the structure of the wall and milecastles 59 to 50.  Read more about #Alongthewallin80days -Day 26

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 22

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 14:50 -- Samantha

Day 22 of #Alongthewallin80days is all about the 2nd Century and the Roman Empire. Find out what was going on when on our timeline...


106: Trajan defeats Dacia that becomes a Roman province

106: Trajan captures the Nabataean capital Petra (Jordan) and turns Nabataea into the province of Arabia Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 22

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 21

Tue, 03/06/2014 - 19:14 -- Samantha

The mighty Roman empire was established almost 2000 years ago. So much was going on we've split the time line down into centuaries, starting at the 1st in 27BC when the first Roman Emperor came into power. In the Roman Empires 1st centuary was a busy one; There were 9 emperors before the turn of the 2nd century and all had there own way of ruling the empire. There were wars, love affairs, murders and victories to say the least, al adding to the amazing history of what was the greatest empire on earth... Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 21

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 20

Mon, 02/06/2014 - 16:31 -- Samantha

Along the wall in 80 days - Day 20

Hadrian's Wall was built in the 2nd century in 122AD, almost 2000 years ago! The Romans came to Britannia, now Britain, but they also had control over most of what is now Europe and parts of North Africa, so as you can imagine, in the years before and the years after the building of the wall there was A LOT going on. Before we can learn about what was going on when we need to know who was making all of these things happen, and that was down to the Emperors. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 20

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 18

Sat, 31/05/2014 - 09:33 -- Samantha

The roman Empire was established after the 500-year-old Roman Republic destabilised through a series of civil wars. Several events marked the transition from Republic to Empire, including Julius Caesar's appointment as perpetual dictator in  44 BC; the Battle of Actium in 31 BC; and the granting of the honorific Augustus to Octavian by the Roman Senate 27 BC.

The Empire stretched over most of what is now Europe including Britain (not Scotland), Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, and the north coast of Africa. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 18

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 17

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 18:56 -- Samantha

The milecastles we've been posting about recently have all been to the west end of Hadrian's Wall but there is so much more to see and do than just the remains of what was the Northern Frontier. Resplendent with heather moors and delightful dales, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies just south of the Wall in Cumbria. Reflecting its important heritage this is the country’s only Geopark.
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Along the wall in 80 days - Day 14

Tue, 27/05/2014 - 14:19 -- Samantha

Alongthewallin80days - Day 14 

Day 14 of our #Alongthewlin80days blog is all about the milecastles. We've blogged quite a bit about some of the western milecastles, many of which are no longer visible. Milecastles 69 to 60 tell a similar story... 

Milecastles stretched from the east to the west all along Hadrian's Wall. Conveniently named, Milecastles were built at intervals of approximately one Roman mile along Hadrian's Wall.  Read more about Along the wall in 80 days - Day 14

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Along the wall in 80 days - Day 13

Mon, 26/05/2014 - 08:56 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 13 

Corbridge Roman Town, previously known as Coria was a fort and town, located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Hadrian's Wall, in the Roman province of Britannia. A fort was originally built on the site around 84AD and was occupied by a 500-strong cavalry unit called the Ala Petriana, but was destroyed by fire in AD 105. Around AD 120, when Hadrian’s Wall was built, the fort was again rebuilt to house infantry troops away from the Wall. Read more about Along the wall in 80 days - Day 13

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 8

Wed, 21/05/2014 - 11:20 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 8 

Along with all of Hadrian's Walls milecastles there are also some pretty amazing forts! The Hadrian's Wall festival starts on Saturday the 24th May and continues for a week up until the 1st June with many exiting things to do and see at 3 of the major forts, Birdoswald, Housesteads and Chesters. Over the next 3 days we will learn more about each one starting with the farthest west, Birdoswald. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 8

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#Alongthewallin80days - Day 4

Sat, 17/05/2014 - 08:42 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 4

A Vallum is unique on any Roman Frontier. Although there is no definitive historical evidence as to why the Roman army built this unusual barrier along the length of Hadrian's Wall, it is thought that the Vallum established the southern boundary of a military zone bounded on the north by the wall itself, this zone would have been "out-of-bounds" to civilians and those with no valid reason to be there. Read more about #Alongthewallin80days - Day 4

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Along the wall in 80 days - Day 2

Thu, 15/05/2014 - 10:44 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 2


Milecastle 78, also known as Kirkland, is one of 80 milecastles along what once was Hadrian's Wall. Milecastle 78 lies halfway between the villages of Glasson and Port Carlisle, grid reference NY245613.    

Milecastle 78 was first located and partially excavated in 1934 where only the west wall was examined and was found to be 2.8 metres wide; one course of masonry stood upon the inner face, the outer face had been robbed. Read more about Along the wall in 80 days - Day 2

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