Roman Cavalryman

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Thirsk, Yorkshire and drove north to viist some of the key sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall was built AD 122-AD138 and extends for 73 miles, coast to coast. Along the Wall major forts were built at 7 mile intervals and smaller ‘castles’ at intervals of 1 Roman mile.

We commenced our tour at Vindolanda which lies a short distance south of the Wall and was first constructed in AD85 as part of a pre-Wall Roman frontier.This evolved into an extensive military and civilian site. Vindolanda has beciome famous today due to discovery of the famous ‘Vindolanda Tablets’ which are preserved correspondence on slivers of wood. On-going excavations are revealing more of this large site. There is a museum, shop and refreshments.

 

Vindolanda Roman Site, England

Baths at Roman Vindolanda, England

Roman Vindolanda, England

 

Roman Vindolanda, England

After a light lunch at Vindolanda, we moved on to nearby Housesteads which was known as Vercovicium in Roman times. This site has the twin benefits of being a well preserved fort and located on a ridge along which the Wall was built. The fort remains include granaries, H.W., barracks and a latrine. Unfortunately, our visit coincided with rain which militated against photography.

Latrines at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall

 

Our final stop was the Roman Army Museum which is a quality experience offering insight into the Roman army supported by a short film.

Finally, we moved on to our lodgings for the night at Carlisle near the western end of the Wall.

Tomorrow we visit the Lake District.

 

 

 

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