Wall Mile 64

Wall Mile 64 [HB 338–40]

This is scarcely the most exciting part of our journey, for the Wall proceeds under the site of the former Hadrian Camp army base way off to the north. After much marching along the verge, we eventually come to a junction where the turning to the right (not, note, sharp right) will take us to Tarraby, and so we bid farewell to the Military Road again. We head up Tarraby Lane and can see the line of the Wall to our right in the form of a hedgeline as it heads for Tarraby.

The line of the Wall east of Tarraby

The line of the Wall east of Tarraby

The lane then bends through a right-angle to the west and we see a bench on an open patch of garden next to a Georgian house. Between this house, which has two pyramid-topped stone pillars flanking its gate, and a low white cottage (named Silverdale) to the right, there is a small lane. We trot down this and look for a kissing gate to our left. This footpath now takes us through Tarraby and out the western side, ultimately rejoining the course of the Wall in the form of a hedge. We turn westwards and follow the hedgeline for 100m to reach the site of Milecastle 65.

Milecastle 65 (Tarraby) [HB 340; haiku]

The site of Milecastle 65

The site of Milecastle 65

MC65 has been located by geophysical survey and one of its walls confirmed by excavation but nothing remains to be seen above ground. An altar of Cocidius allegedly comes from near here. This is not the first time we have encountered this pre-Roman hunting god who came to be identified with the war and hunting god Mars and the woodland deity Sylvanus. His presence hints at one of the pastimes available to Roman soldiers: hunting.

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