Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 71 – Wormanby
Roman Mile Castle in Carlisle
Milecastle 71 (Wormanby) was one of a series of Milecastles or small fortlets built at intervals of approximately one Roman mile along Hadrian’s Wall.
The mile fort was southeast of the west end of Milldikes Lane, between the towns of Burgh-by-Sands and Beaumont. There are no visible remains. It was located in 1960 by S. H. Bartle and partially excavated. During the excavations, the remains of the sandstone south and west walls (approx. 2.98 m) and a road in the fort could be observed. The east wall was at the edge of a field and could not be excavated. Two flint scraping tools were found as accessories. During an exploratory excavation near the foundations, fragments of Roman pottery were found. In 2000, five exploratory trenches were dug as part of Hadrian’s Wall project. A section of Hadrian’s Wall two layers of stone was also preserved near the mile fort. As a result, traces of the peat wall could also be detected in the lower layers. Structures of interior buildings could not be found, possibly they were on the east side of the small fort.
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Visiting Hadrian’s Wall – Milecastle 71 – Wormanby