Keys to the Past

Roman aqueduct to Great Chesters from the Cawburn (Greenhead)

Roman aqueduct to Great Chesters. Photo © Northumberland County Council.
Roman aqueduct to Great Chesters. Photo © Northumberland County Council.

The Roman aqueduct that supplied water to Great Chesters Roman fort runs for about six miles starting at the Caw Burn near Saughy Rigg. It follows a very twisting and winding route. The aqueduct survives as an earthwork and as a buried feature. Some sources have suggested that there may have been a raised section to cross a dry valley near Benks Hill but, so far, no evidence for this has been found. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6480
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
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

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Source of Reference
Local History of Greenhead


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