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Hadrian's Wall: What is it? - A Brief Introduction for Kids

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Hadrian's Wall Facts:


Hadrian's Wall was constructed in 122AD.


It is a huge wall that stretches right across the North of England, named after the Emperor Hadrian.


The Romans built it to separate Roman land in Britain from Scotland and defend it from the attacking Scottish tribes.


It took about 15,000 soldiers around 14 years to build the whole wall from stone and earth.

Did you know:

The wall is 73 miles long, 3 metres wide and between 3.5 and 6 metres high!

The Structure of Hadrian's Wall:


There were 16 forts along the total length of Hadrian's Wall. Each were home to approx 600 soldiers.


Were fortified gateways through which soldiers could patrol the wall. Built every Roman mile along the wall. Each Milecastle was home to approx. 20 soldiers.


Were tall viewing points where soldiers could keep watch. There were two Turrets at regular intervals between each Milecastle.

Did you know:

Today we can only see about 10% of the original wall, over the years the other stones were removed or destroyed.

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