Visit Hadrian's Wall by Mouse
Hadrian's Wall stretches for 73 miles across the width of the north of England from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth on the border between England and Scotland in the west. Construction of the wall started in 122 AD after a visit by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and was completed in 8 years. The Romans built other walls in Britain but this wall is the best preserved and is the most known. We visited a section near Corbridge in Northumberland, which is 306 miles north of London. The section we visited had a Roman fort.
Today there are only about four or five feet showing above ground, about four or five feet thick.  And much of the wall disappears below ground.  Even considering its original height of about 20 feet, this is not a very large barrier.  The Great Wall of China is much, much taller, wider, and longer and traverses much more rugged terrain--considerably more impressive.
What was of most interest to us was the Roman fort. One gets a very strong impression of what Roman military life was like from the remains. You get a good idea of the barracks that the ordinary soldiers slept in; you see their latrines and bath arrangements; how they directed water and heated the buildings with hypercausts beneath the floors. And you see the comparatively spacious and luxurious quarters of the commanding officer. Our understanding was aided by explanations provided by an actor in the role of a Roman Legionnaire on a stage. He demonstrated a range of subjects from fighting techniques to how Romans kept themselves clean after using the latrine. In this he was aided by young volunteers from the audience. And there was a section of the complex devoted to displays of Roman artifacts found nearby. Photos     Slideshow    Letter (from Durham)
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