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Haltwhistle Burn Roman fortlet (Haltwhistle)

Aerial view of Roman camps by the Haltwhistle Burn with the fortlet at the bottom of the image. Photo © Tim Gates.
Aerial view of Roman camps by the Haltwhistle Burn with the fortlet at the bottom of the image. Photo © Tim Gates.

This Roman fortlet lies on the route of the Stanegate Roman road and was built before Hadrian's Wall in about AD105. It was built to protect the road as it crossed the Haltwhistle Burn. The fortlet survives as upstanding earthworks with the outlines of some buildings, such as a barrack block and officers quarters, still visible. It was partly excavated between 1907 and 1908 and this showed that it had been carefully pulled down about the same time as Great Chesters was built on Hadrian's Wall. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6472
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status: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
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY, Haltwhistle Burn 2017; Archaeological Services Durham University

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Source of Reference
Local History of Haltwhistle


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