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Milecastle 39, Hadrian's Wall (Henshaw)

Milecastle 39, Hadrian's Wall. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Milecastle 39, Hadrian's Wall. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

This Roman milecastle is also known as Castle Nick and was partly excavated by archaeologists in the 19th century. More recent excavations in the 1980s were followed by conservation works. The milecastle measures 19m long by 15.5m across with stone walls standing 1.75m high. The excavations between 1985 and 1987 showed that early barrack blocks inside the milecastle had later been replaced by small individual buildings with porches. From the pottery found at the site archaeologists can tell that the milecastle was occupied continuously until the fourth century AD. Much later, in the 18th century, a milking parlour was built in the north-west corner of the milecastle. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6561
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES

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Source of Reference
Local History of Henshaw


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