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The Wall on its way Eastward to Borcovicus, passing a Mile-Castle

The Wall on its way Eastward to Borcovicus, passing a Mile-Castle

Just past the clump of trees seen in the photograph is the fort of Borcovicus, and in the nearer distance is one of those castella or mile-castles which were built at regular intervals of one Roman mile along the 73-mile line of wall from the mouth of the Tyne to Solway Firth. Each of these castella served as a temporary garrison of about 100 men. The Borcovicus camp was about five acres in extent and was the second largest of the Northumbrian stations, Cilurnum further on having half an acre more to its credit; but the largest in the whole length of wall was Amboglanna (Birdoswald) in Cumberland. These camps were from two to eight miles distant from each other and their accommodation was, roughly, for 500 soldiers.

Other pictures from Along the Walls of Hadrian and Antonine


North Gate at Borcovicus: The wall at Housestand

A Romano-British city and Fort near Corbridge

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