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All Along the Watchtower: Turrets and Towers of Hadrianís Wall

All Along the Watchtower: Turrets and Towers of Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of Britain’s most famous landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Its historic significance and engineering genius make it a worthy destination, not least encapsulated in the various turrets and towers that can still be seen today. They tell historians a lot about the lives of the Romans whose task it was to defend the wall.

It’s possible to pick out certain structures, which are particularly interesting or sited against wonderful scenery. The section of wall and remains of a turret (2.5 metres) known as Brunton Turret is thought to have been built by men in the Twentieth Legion, which was headquartered in the city we know today as Chester. Black Carts Turret is a section running for 460 metres, consisting of one turret. Visitors must approach on foot, as there is no parking for this section. You can see the foundations of a turret on the small Denton Hall Turret length of the wall. Signal towers, built on high ground with unobstructed views, pre-date the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. As the name suggests, their purpose was to serve as a location to signal other fortifications. One example is Pike Hill Signal Tower, which was later attached to the wall. As an example of learning about the daily lives of the soldiers stationed at the wall, Leahill Turret and Piper Sike Turret shows a cooking hearth at Piper Sike. Some sections of the wall are substantial and Banks East Turret is particularly well-preserved.

It’s fascinating to see artists’ impressions of some of these turrets and towers as they would have been in their original state. Still, enough remains are visible today to spark our imagination for this iconic structure.