Turret 48a Hadrian's Wall

A virtual stroll along Hadrian’s Wall

David Breeze  goes on a virtual walk with Mark Richards along Hadrian’s Wall from Gilsland (MC 48) to Craggle Hill (about MC 54). The Countrystride Podcast celebrates the landscapes, culture, heritage and people of Cumbria and the Lake District through a unique blend of immersive field recordings, inspiring commentary and interviews, all shaped into a single walk presented…

Richborough Roman Fort

The Saxon Shore revisited – a tactical region

by Richard Bridgland The study of the nine late-Roman forts in south-east Britain, listed as on the Saxon Shore in the Notitia Dignitatum, has never attracted the academic following afforded to the northern frontiers. Here, after producing a book, the researcher moved on to other areas. Given the limited range of evidence, no consensus on…

reviewer

Writing a review

by David J. Breeze Early in my career I was given some wise advice: never forget, David, that in writing a review, it is the reviewer who is on trial rather than the reviewed. Wise advice and too often forgotten. This wise advice is multi-layered. One element is certainly courtesy. A book has been written…

Chesters Roman Fort Museum

Inscriptions from Roman Britain.

A selection of inscriptions and extracts from Roman writers on Britain. London 1. Tombstone, London c. 61 – 64  (RIB 12) To the spirits of the departed and of Gaius Iulius Alpinus Classicianus, son of Gaius, of the Fabian voting tribe, … procurator of the province of Britain.  Julia Pacata I[ndiana], daughter of Indus, his…

our planning

Organising a tour

by David J. Breeze Every year from 1968 to 1998 Brian Dobson and I organised a tour, to Hadrian’s Wall, its hinterland, the Antonine Wall, Roman Scotland and then seven to the continent. Each required careful preparation, and this especially applied to the continental tours. Sites, distances, toilets, hotels and meals were all important and…

Fort and castle

Some Roman musings on a bike ride

By Linda Davis Cycling south from Penrith, the obvious route is via Brougham Castle, crossing the River Eamont by the bridge just east of the castle. The castle lies to the north of the Roman Fort of Brocavum.  The castle at Brougham, and before it the fort, protect the crossing of the Eamont.        Roads…