Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

A Windy Day at Hadrian’s Wall

A Windy Day at Hadrian’s Wall

Yesterday, 53 Year 9 students, with 5 Sixth Form helpers accompanied the Classics department on our annual visit to Hadrian’s Wall.  The weather conditions were not particularly favourable, but we braved the wind and drizzle to walk up to the remains of the Roman fort at Housesteads and explore the principia (headquarters), praetorium (commander’s house), granaries, barracks, and importantly, the latrines!  We then made our way along a bit of the original wall to the next milecastle along for our lunch.  Thankfully the drizzle had ceased at this point, and so we were able to picnic without getting drenched!  Having enjoyed the views from the milecastle, we made our way back to the coach and along to Chesters.  At Chesters, you can get an even better idea of the conditions of the barracks, see a slightly bigger commander’s house, and get an excellent idea of what the baths at a Roman fort might be like.  As always, Mr Clark provided us with an education about Roman life with his impressive fount of knowledge along the way and we are very grateful to him for this.  Finally, we were grateful that a new tearooms has opened this season at Chesters, and so we were able to partake of some much-needed refreshment before heading back to school!

Miss Whitworth