Tyne and Wear HER(203): Hadrian's Wall, Dean Street to the Big Lamp (Wall mile 4) - Details
Hadrian's Wall, Dean Street to the Big Lamp (Wall mile 4)
In this mile the Wall is supposed to have run from Milecastle 4 (not found) to Milecastle 5 (Quarry House), of which traces were reported by Horsley but which has not been seen in recent times. The curtain wall wasf found in 1952 outside the Mining Institute, Westgate Road. The ditch was located (12 feet deep) in 1929 in the back street west of St. Nicholas Buildings; the north lip in 1951 at the junction of Westgate Road and Collingwood Street; the south lip in 1934 north of the Stephenson Monument in Westgate Road and again in 1929 at the north end of Blandford Street. No remains were found in 1929 in "two trenches 80 yards apart" between the south back of Westgate Road and Summerhill Grove. The positions, though not the complete outlines, of Newcastle Fort and the Westgate Road Milecastle are known, but no turrets have been found. The southern lip of the ditch has been seen on the south side of Westgate Road in 1929, 1995 and 1997, which means that the northern edge should be under the centre of the modern road.
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