In AD 122, the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a great wall across Northern Britain, as part of a border control and to seperate the Romans from the barbarians. It runs a total of 74 miles across the top of Britain, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire – beyond it was land belonging to the Ancient Britons including the Picts.
It took approximately 15000 men just under 6 years to complete the wall.
From North to South the wall comprised of a ditch, wall, military way and another ditch. There was a fort every 5 miles.
Milecastles (a small fort) were built along the wall between the major forts, along with barracks and ramparts.
For almost three centuries Hadrians Wall was a vibrant, multi-coloured frontier post, and despite it’s remote location life for the Roman soldier here probably wouldn’t have been that bad.
In the years following Hadrians…
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