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Peel Gap tower (Henshaw)

Peel Gap tower, Hadrian's Wall. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Peel Gap tower, Hadrian's Wall. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

A Roman tower stands in Peel Gap, halfway between turret 39a and turret 39b. It was found when this part of Hadrian's Wall was excavated in 1986. Here archaeologists found the foundations of the tower together with a hearth and a platform for a ladder. The finds showed that it had been used in a similar way to the nearby turrets. The gap between these turrets 39a and 39b is over 200m longer than the usual spacing along Hadrian's Wall N12390 and the tower seems to have been built to fill this gap. It was built after the Wall and has very limited views. The foundations have been preserved and are on display to visitors. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6643
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):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 Henshaw

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