NY9170 : Chesters Roman Fort, south side

taken 11 months ago, near to Walwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

Chesters Roman Fort, south side
Chesters Roman Fort, south side
Little remains to be seen within the south side of the fort although some parts were excavated in the past and re-covered, as demonstrated by the columns in the foreground. These probably mark the frontage of a south-facing barrack similar to those in the north-east quadrant NY9170 : Barracks, Chesters Roman Fort. The south gate can be seen to the left. Looking towards Chesters mansion, just glimpsed through the trees, can be seen the recent art installation NY9170 : 'Cavalry 360°' at Chesters Roman Fort. Its location is well within the west wall and as the fort is playing-card shaped, and we are looking across its shorter dimension, it provides a good demonstration of the huge area it covers.
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.

LinkExternal link English Heritage, Chesters Roman Fort
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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  Educational sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Roman Remains 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9114 7010 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:1.5212N 2:8.4074W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 91199 70077
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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