NY9170 : Roman altars, The Clayton Museum, Chesters Roman Fort

taken 2 months ago, near to Walwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

Roman altars, The Clayton Museum, Chesters Roman Fort
Roman altars, The Clayton Museum, Chesters Roman Fort
The Clayton Museum was built to house John Clayton's 19th-century finds from the central section of Hadrian's Wall. It was built after Clayton's death in 1890 by his nephew and heir, Nathaniel Clayton, in a building designed by the Newcastle architect FW Rich NY9170 : Museum at Chesters.

The Trustees of the Clayton Collection have taken care to retain the original style of display, original glass cases and tiers of inscribed stones.

The relief with three water nymphs (top left) was found at Coventina's Well, a shrine at nearby Carrawburgh NY8571 : Coventina's Well, excavated by John Clayton in 1876. The stone to the right is from the same site and is a dedication to the goddess Coventina NY9170 : Dedication to Coventina, Clayton Museum, Chesters Roman Fort
Chesters Roman Fort (Cilurnum)
Cilurnum (or Cilurvum), the Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall at Chesters marks the point where the Wall crossed the River North Tyne, the first major obstacle on its route from east to west. A succession of finely engineered timber bridges with stone piers spanned the river here, and the Wall itself was continued right down to the water's edge.

The fort was built just after the wall was completed in AD 123. The site guarded a bridge carrying the military road behind the wall across the River North Tyne. It is considered to be the best preserved Roman cavalry fort along Hadrian's Wall.

Today the site is under the care of English Heritage and is open to the public. There is a museum on the site, which houses Roman artefacts found at the fort and elsewhere along the wall.

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Tuesday, 8 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 9 August, 2017
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Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites 
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Museum 
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