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

Updated: Apr 27


Hadrian's Wall Facts:


When:

Hadrian's Wall was constructed in 122AD.


What:

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


Why:

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

How:

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 meters wide, and between 3.5 and 6 meters high!




The Structure of Hadrian's Wall:


Forts:

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


Milecastles:

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.


Turrets:

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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