Hadrians Wall

We went to visit an old friend who now lives in the Lake District. After visiting our friend, we drove through the Lake District. Coniston, Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal. I stayed in Kendal for 4 months as a student when I worked on the construction of the A591 Kendal Western Bypass. A trip down memory lane.

We went to visit Hadrian's Wall because we've never been there. The fells are wild and bleak. The valleys are lush and green. The villages have stone built houses and churches. A beautiful part of England.

Very impressed with Hadrian's Wall. It's 73 miles long and splits Britain in two. To the North were the wild men of Scotland. To the South, the Roman Province of "Britannia". We visited Housesteads Fort which was a garrison for 800 soldiers. This couldn't have been a choice posting for a Roman Soldier. Even on a June day, it's windy and a little cold. In Winter, it would have been bleak. The fort and wall are very impressive. The Romans occuplied Britain from 55AD until 410AD - almost 400 years. The fort was built around 112AD and occupied for 250+ years. Building the wall was a colossal undertaking. Quarrying and cutting all the blocks for a wall 5m high, 3m thick and more than 100km long is mind-boggling. Moving all the blocks from the quarries to the wall. Military operations for thousands of soldiers on the wall for hundreds of years.

We stayed overnight in Allendale, Northumbria in a Bed & Breakfast above a tea room. Gosh, a very quaint little village. Time seems to have stopped here, it even has a red "Gilbert Scott" telephone box. It's about 15 miles South of Hadrian's Wall. We plan to walk tomorrow on the wall. Our original idea was to visit Lindisfarne on the Northumbrian Coast. However it's almost 2 hours drive from Allendale, so we'll visit Lindisfarne on another occasion.


M V Campbell

Steam Ship

Ducks

Motor Boats

Paddlers

Lake Coniston

Wainwright

Kendal Alley

High Street

War Memorial

Town Hall

Shambles

To River

River Kent

Housesteads Roman Fort

First Glimpse

Closer

Looking back

Latin Tutor

Model

Museum Display

 

Museum

Something

South Gate

South Gate

C O's House

C O's House

Headquarters

Barracks

Barracks

Northgate and Wall

Northgate

Northgate and Wall

Wall

Squaddies Quarters

Wall

Northgate Sign

Early Design

 

Food Store

Food Store

Wall and Craggs

North West Corner

Fort West Wall

Fort Wall, Museum and Farm

Bakery

Bakery

Baker and West Gate

Bakery

Looking East on South Wall

Museum and Farm

About the Design

Main Buildings

Stairs to C Os House

Much Later

 

Path to latrines

Latrine

Latrine

Ladies

Watchtower

 

Main Gate

Out of focus

Bath House

Bath House

Farm and Museum

Roman Landscape

Digs

Digs

The Pubs

Co-op

Church

Village


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