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Posted on February 1, 2016 by Sioux under General


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Seeing Hadrian’s Wall was one of the ‘most definites’ on my to-do list while up North, and I landed up making plans on the day it snowed! Oh well, I had to learn to take photos in the snow at some stage I guess! So off I went! I was being driven so I could happily start photographing out the car window – not the best shots, but they showed how much snow was coming down.

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The eponymous Roman Emperor Hadrian decreed that a

stone barrier wall, 117km long; 2 – 3m wide and almost 5m high, be built across the narrowest width of the UK, to separate Roman Britain from the northern Picts tribes in Scotland. How he figured out where the narrowest part was, who knows, but he built the wall in the right place.The wall allowed the Roman soldiers control over who entered and left their territory. Along every Roman mile there was a fortified gateway known as a ‘milecastle’, with turrets at regular intervals along the wall between the gateways. Building started in 122AD and took 14 years in total to complete. Over 2000 years later, parts of that wall still stand! I was amazed at how almost perfectly squared off each brick was!

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                                                                                                  Our first stop was at Heddon-on-the-wall, in                                                                        Northumberland. The place name means ‘where the heather grew’. The town grew due to farming and the nearby coal mines, and now has the claim to fame of containing the longest section of unbroken wall at its original and planned width, known as Broad Wall.


The countryside was so silent & looked beautifully

clean after the snow. Walking on the snow, all I could

hear was a soft crunch underfoot. Even my guide was

silent until we reached a signpost and then the history

lesson started!  

At Hexham we stopped at the Abbey, which started off as a monastery  in 674. The crypt of the original monastery is still within the confines of the church, but unfortunately I couldn’t go in. Many of the stones used to build the abbey were taken from nearby Roman ruins, probably Coria or Hadrian’s Wall. The current Hexham Abbey dates largely from the 11th century onward.

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3 responses to “Playing in the white stuff”

  1. Chez says:

    Very interesting thank you. Keep warm!

  2. Ursula Evans says:

    Awesome. Always so interesting to read, thank you

  3. Pauline Smith says:

    When I first opened this page, the background was dark – thought “Gosh, she really is being kept in the dark”- then the page lightened up. LOL.
    The history lessons are proving to be very interesting – hated History @ school. Pity you couldn’t go into the Abbey – that would have been something.
    The glass with the etching looks absolutely stunning.
    Carry on enjoying – love reading your stories.

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