Columns of Porticoes, Corbridge Roman Site

Columns of Porticoes, Corbridge Roman Site, England

This evening, I am posting information on Corbridge Roman Site  near Hadrian’s Wall. Location is probably due to the site being at the intersection of the principal Roman roads of the day which ran east-west and north-south. Although lying south of  Hadrian’s Wall, Corbridge ( Coria) had a major support role as evidenced by a series of military forts which spanned the period from the late 1st century AD through to middle of the second century.From around AD 165  a new garrison town was developed which was maintained through to the 5th century AD.

Around AD180 the character of Corbridge began to change as the site progressively evolved into a mixed civilian/military community. At the end of the 2nd century large scale building work was commenced which included a pair of granaries ( see below) and and a fountain house but there appears to have occurred a hiatus in construction due to enemy action with the result that the buildings were not completed until the end of the 2nd century.

Little is known about the development of Corbridge during the 3rd and 4th centuries, principally because most of the site remains un-excavated under surrounding fields. However, it is presumed that prosperity was driven by a combination of support role for Hadrian’s Wall to the north and, possibly, mining for lead, zinc and coal in the locality.

The settlement at Corbridge probably came to an end in the early 5th century after the collapse of Roman rule in Britain.

Stone-Flagged Floor of West Granary, Corbridge

Stone-Flagged Floor of West Granary, Corbridge, England

 

Granaries looking North at Corbridge Roman Site

Granaries looking North at Corbridge Roman Site, England

 

Underground Strong Room looking N.E.

Underground Strong Room looking N.E. at Corbridge Roman Site

 

Stone Trough and Statue Base at former Fountain House

Stone Trough and Statue Base at former Fountain House, Corbridge

 For visitors who wish to connect with the Roman era, this is an excellent site with adjacent museum where many of the important archaeological finds can be viewed. Whenever possible I include Corbridge in my tours of Roman Britain.

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