Corbridge Roman Town ***

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Granaries, Corbridge Roman Site cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David P Howard -


In AD 90, present day Corbridge was chosen as a site for a major Roman fort (probably named Coria) designed to protect a bridge spanning the River Tyne. This early fort, complete with turf ramparts and timber buildings, was burnt down in AD 105.

A new fort was quickly built to replace it. It’s layout was altered considerably, and only the headquarters building occupied the same site as before.

The fort now accommodated a different garrison and contained space for a unit of 1,000 infantry men, but by AD 125 the garrison had moved to the newer forts on Hadrian's Wall, a few miles to the north.

Coria however remained a vibrant community right up until the end of Roman Britain in the early years of the 5th century.

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