Archive for July 30, 2015

A model of Segedunum fort c 200AD

A model of Segedunum fort c 200AD

The eastern end of Hadrian’s wall was at Segedunum Roman Fort on the Tyne estuary, east of Newcastle. The main wall, which at this point was 2.3m wide and 4,5m high met the fort on it’s eastern wall.

Model of Hadrian's wall at its eastern end

Model of Hadrian’s wall at its eastern end

A small branch wall then ran down from the south wall of the fort to the river’s edge and a monument situated in the river.

Remains of branch wall south of fort

Remains of branch wall south of fort

Artist's impression of monument at river end of branch wall

Artist’s impression of monument at river end of branch wall

This site had been chosen because it was on a bend in the river and gave excellent visibility in all directions. Fortlets existed on the Northern side of the estuary between Segedunum and the estuary mouth, which was guarded by the fort of Arbeia (modern day South Shields) on the south bank.