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Belfast, United Kingdom
May 6, 2011
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 4, 2010
A drive through the ancestral lands, a Bowes in Bowes,
'You must go at once - please, take my car'
January 23, 2009
From journal A Small Inconspicuous Town in Cumbria and the Surrounding Area
July 22, 2008
From journal Three Busy Weeks or So in the United Kingdom
Warwick, United Kingdom
March 28, 2006
From journal A Wedding in Northumbria
New Haven, Connecticut
March 23, 2006
From journal Newcastle and Northumberland: England at the Edge of the World
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
July 5, 2005
From journal Following Hadrian's Wall - Day One
London, United Kingdom
August 7, 2002
The wall did not act as a border between England and Scotland, since it was still a few centuries before either of those races would inhabit Britain. It was more a barrier between the Romans and what they called the "Barbarians". Today it is some way south of the border with Scotland, with most of the English County of Northumberland being to the north of the wall.
There are several places where it is good to visit the wall, for instance at Housesteads or Vindolanda. Not only is it possible to see , and in fact climb on and walk along much of the wall, there are also many Roman ruins at these sights of Roman buildings and bathhouses and such like. There are also museums at these sights to give a rather more informed view than I am able to give, but they are thoroughly recommended for those with a sense of history.
There is one other sign in this region that the Romans had been here, and that is in the fact that several of the roads in the area were built on old Roman roads, and therefore they are dead straight, no matter what hills are in the way…these roads are always great fun to drive along!
From journal Geordie In Wonderland
South Florida, Florida
November 23, 2000
There are many theories about why the Wall was built but it is commonly agreed that Hadrian wanted to mark the northern boundary of his Empire. The Wall was a sophisticated piece of engineering. Every Roman mile (1,620 modern yards) there was a mile castle guarded by at least eight men. Between mile castles were two central turrets where sentries kept watch. By the early 400s, the Roman Empire was in decline and Britain became cut off from Rome. Frontier defenses were neglected and as pay ceased to arrive, soldiers drifted away. Soon the Wall's stones reappeared in local farmhouses, field walls and even churches. The Hadrian's Wall and forts we see today is all the more precious for being the last remains of such an incredible Roman structure.
Since we were heading from Edinburgh to Leicester, we could only allocate an hour for visiting time on the wall, so we covered just two areas, Chester Roman Fort and Museum and Brunton Turret.
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum (Cilurnum) 0.75miles west of Chollerford on B6318. An extensively excavated cavalry fort built astride the Wall with impressive Roman bathhouse remains. It is the best-preserved Roman Cavalry fort in Britain. The wonderful riverside setting with its extensive remains makes it a lovely stop to explore. The museum (opened 1903) houses the important Clayton collection of sculptures, altars and Roman inscriptions.
Price: adult £2.80
Brunton Turret 0.25 miles north of Wall village on A6079. Brunton Turret is one of the best-preserved turrets on the line of the Wall with a 60 meters (65 yards) stretch of Wall. This section is always open (close the two gates behind you), is free and sits in the middle of a private farm right of the road. My husband had to fend off a sheep or two during our stroll. This is a great place to get a feel of the height of the wall. I’m not sure he was suppose to do this but my husband jumped and sat on the wall.
From journal A journey to and around Leicester