Roman Wall

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The Emperor Hadrian ordered the Roman Wall built in the year 122 A.D. to mark the northern most limit of Roman territory in Britain and to intimidate the northern tribes. The wall was originally eight to ten feet wide and twenty to twenty-two feet high. A milecastle was built every mile of it's length and periodically forts were built to house soldiers garrisoning the wall. At the time, it must have been an unpopular job, cold, damp and lonely with a risk of attack.