£250,000 project to restore half-mile section of Hadrian's Wall completed

By Culture24 Staff | 06 July 2009
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Hadrian's Wall (above). Picture courtesy English Heritage

A £250,000 project to restore a half-mile section of Hadrian's Wall, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, and remove it from English Heritage's 'At Risk' Register has now been completed.

The project, begun in April 2008, has included urgent restoration work to Hadrian's Wall to protect the Roman remains from both wandering farm animals and the harsh effects of the weather.

Dry stone walls originally built in the 1890s on top of and alongside parts of the ancient monument have been reconstructed to protect the fragile core of the Roman remains.

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Workers consolidate the Wall (above). Picture courtesy English Heritage

The section stretching half a mile from Great Chesters Farm, near Haltwhistle in Northumberland, was saved as a result of funding from Natural England working in partnership with English Heritage, Hadrian's Wall Heritage and the Northumberland National Park.

"Natural England is delighted that, thanks to this excellent partnership project, people walking the Hadrian's Wall Trail can now see a unique combination of ancient Roman construction and historic 19th century dry stone walling, restored by the skills of modern masons." said Rob Aubrook, Natural England Regional Director for North East England.

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Carol Pyrah and Rob Aubrook at Hadrian's Wall (above). Picture courtesy English Heritage

"As well as protecting the precious Roman remains at Great Chesters, the restoration of the dry stone wall will improve conditions for the unusual wild flowers that grow in the fields alongside this stretch of Hadrian's Wall."

"This kind of partnership working is vital if we are to successfully protect and enhance the natural and historic environment of North East England and we are grateful to English Heritage, Hadrian's Wall Heritage and the Northumberland National Park Authority for their help and support for the work at Great Chesters."

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Hadrian's Wall and the new dry stone wall (above). Picture courtesy English Heritage

The project funds came from the Environmental Stewardship, a government funded scheme managed by Natural England who aim to conserve wildlife, maintain and enhance our landscape quality and character, protect our natural resources and promote public access to the countryside.

"This section of Hadrian's Wall is a fantastic survival from our Roman past, and one which allows us to see the detail of the original Roman construction work on the Wall, parts of which have often been lost during early consolidation work elsewhere." said Carol Pyrah, English Heritage Planning and Development Director for the North East.

"Its condition has long been of concern, leading to its inclusion on our Heritage 'At Risk' Register. We are delighted to have worked with Natural England, the owner and their contractors to complete these repairs and remove the site from the Register."

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