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Milecastle 42 on Hadrian's Wall (Haltwhistle)

Milecastle 42 on Hadrian's Wall. Photo © Northumberland County Council.
Milecastle 42 on Hadrian's Wall. Photo © Northumberland County Council.

Milecastle 42, sometimes known as Cawfields, stands on Cawfields Crags on the course of Hadrian's Wall. It was first excavated in 1848 when its walls were revealed and part of an inscribed stone and a tombstone were found. Another excavation took place in 1936 and after that the milecastle was consolidated and preserved as a standing feature. The walls are 2.8m thick and stand about 1.4m high. The two gateways of the milecastle are built from massive stone blocks. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6464
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead. An air photographic survey 2004; T Gates

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Source of Reference
Local History of Haltwhistle


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