Hadrianís Wall (United Kingdom): We visited the United Kingdom in April/May 2002. During this period we visited many historic sites and monuments. One of the most impressive was Hadrianís Wall.Environment
This amazing structure was built between A.D. 122 and 130 during the Roman occupation of Britain. The wall was built across the narrowest part of England and links the mouth of the River Tyne, in the east with the Solway Firth in the west. The Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered the wall to be built to ďseparate the Romans from the barbariansĒ. The Romans never occupied Scotland and for three centuries the Wall was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire.
Hadrianís Wall was 117 kilometres (73 miles) long, between 2 to 3 metres thick and between 4 to 6 metres high. Forts, towers and garrisons punctuated this remarkable frontier. It is thought that about 5000 men garrisoned the barrier.
The wall is now only a shadow of its former self. Stone has been removed, over the centuries, for all sorts of building construction. Even now it is still an impressive structure and is only dwarfed by the Great Wall of China.
This view of the Wall was taken from Birdoswald near the western end. A museum and bookshop is situated adjacent to the Wall.
There was some coming and going through the Wall as it was as much a customís barrier as for military defence.
The small map shows the position of the Wall.