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Rochester War Memorial

Rochester lies on the A 68 between Otterburn and the Scottish border. Its War Memorial is of the tabernacle type.

Rochester War Memorial Site

Rochester War Memorial

Dedication: “To the glory of God and in proud memory of the men of this country-side who fell in the cause of right and freedom 1914 – 1918.” Plus Great War names:-

Rochester War Memorial Dedication

Great War names:-

War Memorial, Rochester

Names, Rochester War Memorial

Second Dedication: “Also in gratitude for service rendered in the same cause by” followed by the names of those who served:-

Second Dedication, Rochester War Memorial

Chesters Museum and John Clayton’s House, Chesters Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

The land on which Chesters Fort was uncovered belonged to a man called John Clayton. His house is right beside the site of the fort:-

House by Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

House at  Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

There’s some elegant topiary, not to mention a lovely tree, in its grounds:-

Topiary and Tree near Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wal

Just beyond the English Heritage entrance to Chesters Fort, past the path leading to the ruins is the Chesters Museum where many of the artefacts uncovered by the excavations are displayed.

Hadrian’s Wall Milestones:-

Hadrian's Wall Milestones, Chesters Museum, Chesters Fort

More Milestones, Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall, Clayton Museum

Statue of Juno Regina, Juno Regina was a popular deity among the Roman soldiery:-

Statue of Juno Regina, Clayton Museum, Hadrian's Wall

There was a piece of soldier’s graffiti carved in the shape of a man’s genitals on one of the displayed pieces which I was going to go back to photograph. Unfortunately this was just after last year’s lockdown was lifted and a man with no mask started to cough loudly in the museum room’s enclosed space so I thought I had better make myself scarce and hence missed my opportunity.

Commandant’s House, Chesters Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

Previous posts on Chesters Fort are here, here, here and here.

Commandant’s house from distance:-

Commandant's house from distance

Closer view. Stacked bricks are likely part of the hypocaust (heating) system:-

Commandant's House , Chesters fort, Cilurnum, Northumberland, Roman ruin

Side nearest River North Tyne:-

By Commandant's House, Chesters fort, Northumberland

Remains of the floor:-

Commandant's House, Roman floor, Northumberland

These niches are part of the bath complex. I forgot to include them in the psot about the baths at Chesters:-

Niches, Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Headquarters Building, Chesters Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

The information board shows how this would have looked in the fort’s heyday:-

HQ Building info board, Chesters Roman fort

It’s a little less imposing now:-

HQ building, Chesters Roman fort, ruins

HQ Building Chesters Roman fort, Northumberland

Chesters Fort, Headquarters Building

More of Chesters Fort

See previous posts on Chetsers Fort here and here.

Main east gate. This is nearest the River North Tyne:-

Main East Gate, Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Main East Gate information board:-

Main East Gate Board, Chesters Roman fort, Northumberland

West gate:-

West Gate, Chesters Fort

Chesters Fort, West Gate

Posts; foundations for something or other:-

Posts, Chesters Fort

Vicinus houses lay outside the fort; local civilians or retired soldiers providing services to the fort would have set up houses/shops etc close by:-

Chesters Fort Vicinus Houses 1

Vicinus Houses, Chesters Fort

River North Tyne at Chesters Fort

The main body of Chesters Fort lies on a hill just above the river River North Tyne.

River from Chesters Fort:-

River North Tyne from Chesters Fort

This shows the spot where a Roman bridge crossed the river:-

River North Tyne at Chesters Fort

Eastern part of Hadrian’s Wall and bridge abutment:-

Bridge Abutment , North Tyne River, Cumbria

Closer view:-

Bridge Abutment, River North Tyne, Chesters Fort

Bridge information board showing how it looked:-

Chester's fort Bridge Info board stitch

Between the bridge and the fort proper you can still see a part of Hadrian’s wall:-

Part of  Hadrian's wall, Chesters Roman Fort, Cumbria

Also down by the river are the baths the soldiers used:-

Roman Baths at Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Lower part of baths complex:-

Part of Baths Complex, Chesters Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Chesters Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

Chesters Fort was one of the Roman forts stationed along Hadrian’s Wall. It lies a few miles north of Hexham, on a position commanding a crossing point on the river North Tyne.

It was a posting for a troop of cavalry originally raised in what is now Spain.

Main Information Board, Chesters Fort

As a result the remains of the stables take up a fair bit of the site towards the entrance:

Part of Stables, Chesters Fort

Stables , Chester's Roman Fort, Cumbria

Chesters Fort Stables

Remains of Stables, Chesters Fort

This one was taken from further up the hill, stables to left, Commandant’s House to right.

Stables and Commandant's House ,Chesters Fort

An interval tower:-

Interval Tower , Chester's Roman Fort, Cumbria

Tower at South-East Angle of fort:-

Remains of Tower at South-East Angle of Chesters Forte

Mithraic Temple, Carrawburgh, Northumberland

Due to the legacy of Hadrian’s Wall the north of England is festooned with Roman ruins. They range from the reaonably large – the forts along the wall, not to mention the remnants of the wall itself – to quite small. One of the latter lies just off the B6318 at Carrawburgh, Northumberland. It is the remains of a Mithraic Temple. The B6318 runs south of Hadrian’s Wall and is very straight (see here at the Carrawburgh car park) presumably by following the course of a Roman original

Temple from path:-

Mithraic Temple, Carrawburgh, Northumberland, Roman ruin

Centre isle from entrance:-

Mithraic Temple, Crawwburgh, Northumberland

The information board has a representation of how the inside of the temple would have looked when in use:-

Temple Information Board, Mithraic temple, Crawwburgh, Northumberland


Mithraic Temple, Crawburgh, Northumberland, Roman ruin

At its centrepiece the altar has a small dish which presumably was originally intended to receive votive offerings. Certainly modern visitors have been leaving coins, sweets and, for some reason obscure to me, a piece of wood:-

Votive Offerings, Mithraic Temple, Crawburgh, Northumberland

War Memorials, Hexham

Hexham War Memorial lies in the grounds of Hexham Abbey. It takes the form of a Cross of Sacrifice:-

Hexham War Memorial

War Memorial, Hexham

Dedications. “Here are inscribed names which bid us by service our debt repay,” with below, “This cross and S Wilfrid’s War Memorial Hospital are dedicated to the glorious memory of the men of Hexham who laid down their lives in the Great Wars 1914-1918 1939-1945.”

Hexham War Memorial Dedication and Names


Names, Hexham  War Memorial

Names, War Memorial, Hexham

War Memorial , Hexham, Names

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers memorial plaque by a memorial garden at Hexham Abbey. Dedicated to those of the 4th Battalion and 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers who died in the Second World War:-

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Memorial, Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey and Other Old Buildings, Hexham

Hexham Abbey:-

Hexham Abbey, Hexham

The Abbey, Hexham

Moot Hall from the Market Square. The Archbishop’s Hall used for administrative purposes in the Middle Ages:-

Old Building, Hexham

The Shambles, old Market Square Hexham:-

Old Market Place, Hexham

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