by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
July 27, 2005
This fort was one of 16 forts situated along the Hadrian’s Wall frontier system, now designated as a World Heritage Site.
The site is comparable to Vindolanda, and you can see remains of all the components of the Roman frontier system within the area. The three gateways of the fort are excavated and can be clearly seen, and the east gateway is particularly well preserved along the line of the Wall. A superb stretch of Hadrian’s Wall adjoins the fort for a third of a mile to Harrow Scar Milecastle.
Birdoswald has a "Bastle" house, erected to protect the inhabitants from the notorious Border Reiver families. The 400-year-old Birdoswald farmhouse has been extended on at least two occasions, creating the building seen in the Overview photos.
I walk the ruins of the fort and follow the wall to the ruins of Harrow Scar Milecastle. In the distance I can see farm buildings constructed from the same stone that at one time was used to build the wall.
Amazingly, while I am strolling through a farm field in northern England, I am talking to my wife, Pam, who is visiting the Canary Islands. I am using my mobile phone, even though we both have Hong Kong cell phones. I also exchange text messages with my friend Glenn in Hong Kong. I may not be intimidated by technology, but I can still be amazed by it.
The vistas from the Milecastle are outstanding, and I take a number of pictures. You can see them in the Birdoswald Album on my photo site (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ed_hk/).
You can find more info on the Birdoswald site at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/birdoswald/index.htm.
From journal Hadrian's Wall - Days 6 and 7