95. How much would it cost to build Hadrian’s Wall now?

Collingwood Bruce was the first to play the game of guessing the cost of building a present-day Wall. He came up with a total of £1,079,446 for curtain wall, ditch, and Vallum, allowing for the use of dressed stone. At present-day values, that would be between £80m (US$130m) and £770m (US$1.25bn), depending upon the method used to calculate inflation. A later estimate, this time for a concrete wall, was obtained from Laings by Hunter Davies (£80m in 1974, which would be between £620m (US$1.01bn) and £990m (US$1.61bn)).

Further reading: Bruce 1853; Davies 1974

2 thoughts on “95. How much would it cost to build Hadrian’s Wall now?

  1. To judge by the way it went stomping across existing field systems around Carlisle, I doubt he lost much sleep over it.

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