Wall Mile 72

Wall Mile 72 [HB 355–6]

The line of the Wall leaves Milecastle 73, defined once more by a hedgeline, and continues to the north of the road, along which we shall continue, into Burgh by Sands. To the south of us, another site (known as Burgh III) was initially identified as an early fort but is now thought to be a construction camp.

Burgh by Sands

Burgh by Sands from the air

Between Bowness fort and Milecastle 54, the Turf Wall was not replaced in stone until after the abandonment of the Antonine Wall in the AD 160s. It was built on a foundation of flagstones, was around 2.45m wide, and has become known as the Intermediate Gauge (to distinguish it from the Broad and Narrow Gauges of the more easterly curtain wall, which were, you will be pleased to learn, broader and narrower than this newer section).

Milecastle 72 (Fauld Farm) [HB 355–6; haiku]

The site of Milecastle 72 (Fauld Farm) has been identified just to the north-east of the post office and examined in 1960 and 1989, when both the stone and underlying turf milecastles were located. Milecastle 72 also lies conveniently close to the the Greyhound Inn and, if one has started the morning walking from Bowness, this would be a good time for lunch and provide an opportunity to study the adjacent statue of Edward I, erected exactly 700 years after his death.