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Hadrian's Wall

By john short  
Hadrian's Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain. Begun in 122 AD, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain, the second being the Antonine Wall, lesser known of the two because its physical remains are less evident today.

The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire. In addition to its role as a military fortification, it is thought that many of the gates through the wall would have served as customs posts to allow trade and levy taxation.

A significant portion of the wall still exists, having been rescued in the 19th century by John Clayton, who, alarmed at the destruction by quarrying, bought a number of sections.

For much of its length, the wall can be followed on foot by Hadrian's Wall Path or by cycle on National Cycle Route 72. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England.

It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. English Heritage, a government organisation in charge of managing the historic environment of England, describes it as "the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain".

Hadrian's Wall was likely planned before Roman Emperor Hadrian's visit to Britain in 122. According to restored sandstone fragments found in Jarrow that date from 118 or 119, it was Hadrian's wish to keep "intact the empire," which had been imposed upon him by "divine instruction."

The fragments then announce the building of the wall. It is entirely possible that, on his arrival in Britain in 122, one of the stops on his itinerary was the northern frontier and an inspection of the progress of the wall as it was being built.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Oct 2012 11:43PM
well composed, excellent atmosphere so remote and strong.

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 2:39AM
An exceptionally interesting and information pre-narrative John, one which being raised in Northumberland I particularly enjoyed. The image is superb, captured from a great point of view along this particular stretch of the wall. I have an image very similar tucked away in my archives which shows the wall in the snow, capped with one or two sheep.

Regards Nathan
10 Oct 2012 5:43AM
Lovely shot. so much texture and beauty to this shot!!
marktc Plus
5 86 14 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 7:30AM
Great comp and super narrative, nice one John

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