Newcastle upon Tyne Journals

How The North Was Won

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A travel journal to Newcastle upon Tyne by michaelhudson

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England More Photos
Quote: Northern outpost of the Roman Empire and the borderland between England and Scotland, the area around Newcastle-upon-Tyne is home to some a number of museums and historical sites.

How The North Was Won

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Arbeia Roman Fort Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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The area around Newcastle has formed the border between the Romans and Barbarians, Saxons and Vikings, and the warring English and Scots for almost two millennia. Hadrian’s Wall starts its long snake westwards at Wallsend, where the interactive museum, reconstructed Roman baths and fort remains at Segedunum is located. South of the river, Arbeia, once a supply base for the Wall, has a restored barracks and main gate. Along the wall itself, the riverside town of Corbridge is an easy day trip from Newcastle with its quaint centre and the remains of a supply base and garrison town. Don’t miss the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle, which serves as the main museum for the wall. ...Read More

Bede's World

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Bede's World Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Bede was the first English historian, a poet, a scientist, translator and scholar. The interior of Bede’s World is given over to his life and accomplishments, the background set by Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts and a large exhibition on Benedict Biscop, the founder of the monastery, and the lifestyle of Bede and his contemporaries. Although Bede is best known as the author of the 'Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation', a chronicle of events from the Roman occupation to the time of the book's completion in 731AD which remains one of our main authorities on Anglo-Saxon life and the early Christian period, he also wrote poetry in Old English and Latin, made the first known attempt to tr...Read More

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Bede's World
Church Bank
Jarrow, England NE32 3DY
+44 191 489 2106

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

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Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Four miles beyond the easternmost point of Hadrian's Wall, Arbeia was built in the AD160s as a garrison for cavalry troops. Later used during Emperor Septimius Severus' campaigns against the Caledonian tribes, it is now the most extensively excavated military supply base in the old Roman Empire. The site is dominated by the impressive full-size reconstruction of the old West Gate, with red-tiled roofs crowning sandstone towers on either side of a central pair of arches. From the top you can survey the surrounding countryside just as a centurion would have done over 1500 years ago – though the contemporary view includes a half-demolished playground and compact rows of 1940s terraced housing as we...Read More

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Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum
Baring Street
South Shields, England NE33 2BB
+44 191 456 1369

St Paul's Church and Monastery

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St Paul's Church and Monastery Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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St Paul’s Monastery was founded in 681AD and the adjacent church four years later. Built by craftsmen imported from Gaul, they were among the first stone constructions since Roman times. Along with its sister church of St Peter’s at nearby Wearmouth, St Paul’s was home to some of the most important scholars in the whole of Europe before it was sacked by the Vikings in the late eighth century. Excavations of the monastery site in the 1960s and 1970s unearthed finely carved stonework, imported pottery, Anglo-Saxon coins and large quantities of coloured glass, much of which can be seen nearby at Bede’s World. The extant standing ruins date mainly from eleventh century repair work, a few carved do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

St Paul's Church and Monastery
Church Bank
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Segedunum

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Segedunum Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Segedunum is located on the grounds of the Swan Hunter shipyard, housed in an old canteen building dwarfed by the cranes above. The new vistors’ centre is a strikingly modern addition to an industrial backdrop of bricks and steel. The museum is split into three sections. By far the largest with over 700 artefacts, the Roman Exhibition was obviously designed with younger visitors in mind. Interactive and colourful, the touch screen games, puzzles, video footage and hands-on exhibits allow visitors to try on Roman clothing, feel the weight of ring mail armour, build an arch and experience life on a simulated archaeological dig. The central area, built to resemble the original fort, has a number of...Read More

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Segedunum
Buddle Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE28 6HR
+44 191 236 9347

Corbridge Roman Site

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The Roman remains at Corbridge date from the middle of the second century, when the military function of the original fort was downgraded to a civilian settlement for off-duty legionnaires. A museum at the entrance displays artefacts discovered at the site, including the Lion of Corbridge - a 70cm high stone sculpture originally used to animal snarls triumphantly atop a defeated stag, head twisted to the side, tail swishing hungrily behind and claws hooked deep into the body below, pushing the antlers down into the stone base. The stag lies helpless underfoot, tongue lolling to one side as its captor's mouth opens to devour it, frozen at the point of catharsis. The small section of the thirty ac...Read More

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Corbridge Roman Site
Trinity Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne, England