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Hadrian's Wall

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in North East England, United Kingdom.

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Named after the Emperor Hadrian, during whose reign it was begun in 122 AD, Hadrian's Wall marks the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. One more northerly wall was built, the Antonine Wall in Scotland, but this was of earth and turf, and temporary. The extraordinary thing about Hadrian's wall is its length and continuity, and the string of forts and garrison points along its route. Much of the stonework of the wall is still intact, and Hadrian's Path makes a wonderful long distance walk. As well as marking the northern frontier or 'limes' of the Province of Britain, it was also built to keep out the warlike Picts of ancient Scotland, who would often make raids to the south.  In 1987 it was made a World Heritage Site bu Unesco, and is the most famous attraction of Northern England.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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