Hadrian’s Wall was built by the order of the Emperor Hadrian, following his visit to Britain in AD122. It was planned as a continuous wall with a milecastle every Roman mile (1.48 kilometres) and two turrets equally spaced between each milecastle. The Wall, with its defensive ditches and large forts, stretched from coast to coast, a distance of 80 Roman miles (approximately 120 kilometres or 75 miles). It formed the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. It is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO). Hadrian's Wall was not all built to the planned 3 metre width, perhaps to save time and resources. However, here at Hedden you can see the 'broad' Wall, over 100 metres long. Some of the massive foundation stones weigh over a tonne each. At the west end a medieval circular kiln has been built into the Wall. (description taken from sign at the Wall) Heddon-on-the-Wall attracts tourists passing through on tours of Hadrian’s Wall. Heddon-on-the-Wall contains the longest section on unbroken wall at its original and planned width, now known as Broad Wall. Later sections were not built to the full width to save time and money. Heddon-on-the-Wall is a village just outside Throckley, Northumberland, England, located on Hadrian's Wall. Heddon-on-the-Wall is roughly nine miles west of the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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