Tyne and Wear HER(1479): Newcastle, Moot Hall, supposed Roman well - Details
Newcastle, Moot Hall, supposed Roman well
Water Supply and Drainage
Water Storage Site
During "digging the foundation for the county courts in Newcastle" there was discovered 5 feet down "a well of Roman masonry...near the edge of the bank". To raise it to the desired level "a very strong wall in the form of a trapezium, and inclosing about ten square yards, had been constructed on frame work, of beams of oak, fixed perpendicularly and horizontally,...and filled up...with clear blue clay". It is possible that this was the pit (its sides 1.3 x 1.5 metres) recorded by John Nolan in 1986, though he noted that there were no traces of masonry.
<< HER 1479 >> J. Hodgson, 1812, Picture of Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 2, 304 J. Sykes, 1833, Local Records, II, 51-52 J.C. Bruce, 1851, The Roman Wall, 127-29 G.R. B. Spain, 1930, Newcastle upon Tyne Fort, Northumberland County History,XIII, 502 J. Nolan, 1994, Supposed Well...Moot Hall, Castle Garth, 1986