Guidebook: Roman Corbridge: Fort, Town and Museum
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Roman remains beside the river Tyne at Corbridge were identified in the 16th century as those of a town named Corstopitum in a list of Roman road routes, a corruption of its true name: Coria. Coria, or Corbridge, began in about AD 86 as a fort guarding the Tyne crossing of the main invasion route into Scotland. It was garrisoned for almost 40 years before the building of Hadrian’s Wall began. Later, a Roman town grew up about the legionary supply base that Corbridge had become. It remained a vibrant urban centre until its abandonment in the early fifth century.
By 1730 ploughing had largely levelled the ruins of Corbridge, but in 1906 excavations began to reveal the extent of the town. The remains visible today include superbly preserved granaries, a market complex (one of the largest Roman buildings to be seen in Britain), an ornate fountain, and compounds for legionary soldiers. The site museum has one of the most extensive collections of finds from the Hadrian’s Wall area, giving a vivid insight into life in the northernmost town of the Roman Empire.
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Published: March 2015
Size: 285mm x 160mm
Author: Nick Hodgson
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