The End of the Empire

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

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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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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2 Responses to The End of the Empire

  1. Thanks for sharing this interesting post, Sue. 🙂 — Suzanne


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