NORTHERN BORDER OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Construction began on Hadrian’s Wall on this date in 122 AD.
Hadrian’s Wall runs 73 miles from coast to coast across northern England, marking the ancient boundary between Roman Britannia and Caledonia to the north. The ‘savage barbarians’ were to be kept out of the Empire. Now we call them Scottish.
The original wall took 6 years to complete, although the turf and wood structure was eventually replaced by stone which meant it took several more decades to complete.
Today tourists can follow the World Heritage Site, walking from coast to coast along the National Trail’s Hadrian’s Wall Path.
Here is Teesdale’s map of Scotland from 1831.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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