Plan before you build a wall

Hadrian’s War near Gilsland © David Gill

The stretch of Hadrian’s Wall between Poltross Burn (MC48) and Willowford Bridge (below Birdoswald fort) is the most westerly section of the original stone wall. The turf wall started to the west of the river Irthing (and Willowford).

The wall had been planned to have been built to a width of approximately 10 Roman feet, but here it was constructed to a narrower scale of 8 Roman feet (but on the broad wall foundation). It appears that a more modest scheme was adopted to ensure the completion of the project.

Author: David Gill

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

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