Corbridge (Corstopitum) Roman Fort

Picture of the granaries at Corbridge Roman Site

Grid Reference
NY983648
Owned by
English Heritage
Opening
28 March - 30 September 10am-6pm daily
1 October - 1 November 10am-5pm daily
Winter 10am-4pm Sat & Sun only
Public Transport
10 and 685/x85 bus, train to Corbridge (other side of the river)
Car Park
English Heritage car park
Facilities
Toilets, Museum shop, Museum
Cafes, shops and a petrol station in Corbridge
Directions
The site lies on the north western edge of Corbridge. From the center of Corbridge drive out past the Wheatsheaf. Just after a bus shelter turn left on to the minor road to Hexham (Corchester lane). The site is found just over a mile from the centre of Corbridge on the left hand side of the road

The Corbridge Roman town (Corstopitum).

The Roman town of Corstopitum's main purpose was as a supply depot for Hadrian's wall and the Roman Armies campaigns into Scotland. The town lay where Dere street crossed the river Tyne. To the South the road headed to the great legionary base at York, while just a few miles to the North, the road crossed Hadrian's Wall before heading through the Cheviots and on into Scotland. The old Stanegate Roman road, which crossed the country from East to West (and which had been the Northern frontier of Roman Britain before the Wall was built), met Dere street at Corstopitum. The town, lying astride the vital communication links, was therefore of vital importance to the Roman Army in the North of Britain.

The town was dominated by its twin buttressed granaries , each 100 feet long. While just to the South were two walled military compounds containing barracks and headquarter buildings. However the place was not just a military base as shown by the (unfinished) forum next to the granaries.

The Roman bridge.

There are still some of the stone blocks from the Roman bridge lying on the river bed. To get to the remains head back into Corbridge and cross the bridge and turn right along the river bank (there's a free carpark). It's a pleasant walk along the riverside and you may see salmon jumping in the river. The remains can be found opposite to where a stream (the Cor) comes into the river. Some of the blocks have now been removed from the river bank and are in a large stack a few yards from the river. The large blocks of stone that are still in the river may take a while to find (you won't be able to see them if the river is high).

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