NY9170 : Barracks, Chesters Roman Fort

taken 1 year ago, near to Walwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

Barracks, Chesters Roman Fort
Barracks, Chesters Roman Fort
The fort was occupied by a Roman cavalry regiment of 500 men and horses. Each barrack provided quarters for a troop (turma) of 32 men. Each room was divided in two and occupied by three men in the rear compartment with their horses in the front. By around AD 180, the fort garrison was the Second Asturian Cavalry Regiment (Ala II Asturum).

"O proud Cilurnum, city of the past!
Where are thy legions in their fierce array?
No more, no more the martial trumpets blast
May summon thy plumed cohorts to the fray."
From 'An Ode to the Roman Camp at Chesters, Northumberland' by Frederick Palmer (1912).
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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Date Taken
Tuesday, 8 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 9 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Grassland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Roman Remains 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9122 7020 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:1.5752N 2:8.3325W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 91217 70218
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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