Guidebooks for Birdoswald


The Roman fort of Birdoswald lies on Hadrian’s Wall and above the river Irthing in Cumbria. The farm that lies in the fort was still active until the mid-1980s. One of the original guides was by Peter Howard. Its 60 pages contained plans of the fort and its features,  as well as a series of black and white photographs.


This has been replaced by the English Heritage guide by Tony Wilmott (first published in 2005; 2010 is a revised reprint). This contains a tour of the site along with images of some of the finds. There are two walks outlined, including one to Harrow’s Scar Milecastle. One of the sections is on ‘Memories of Birdoswald’ by John Baxter. This recalls the days of the working farm.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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