List entry

List entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Maryport Golf Course tower 22a, 350m north of the Cemetery Chapel, part of the Roman frontier defences along the Cumbrian coast

List entry Number: 1014812

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
CumbriaAllerdaleDistrict AuthorityCrosscanonby

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 26-Nov-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Feb-1997

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27718

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Hadrian's Wall marks one of the frontiers of the Roman Empire. The international importance of the surviving remains has been recognised through designation as a World Heritage Site. The military importance of the Tyne-Solway route across the Pennines was recognised by the Romans in the second half of the first century AD when a military road, the Stanegate, was constructed along with a series of forts. There is evidence that the Tyne-Solway route was being recognised as a frontier by the start of the second century AD, but the line was consolidated in the early second century AD by the construction of a substantial frontier work, Hadrian's Wall, in c.120 AD. Subsequent attempts to establish the boundary further north, between Clyde and Forth, failed by c.160 AD. Hadrian's Wall then remained the frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain until c.400 AD when Roman armies withdrew from Britain. For most of its course, the 70 miles of Hadrian's Wall running from coast to coast comprised a continuous stone wall (which in places was first temporarily built of turf) with permanent structures sited at intervals of one Roman mile (milecastles) and at third of a mile intervals (turrets) between the milecastles. At a later date, the Wall was strengthened by 16 full-size garrison forts built either on, or close to, the Wall. To the north of the Wall, for most of its length, lay a substantial defensive ditch and to the south a complex of banks and ditches provided east-west communication and demarcated the frontier zone from the province. To the west of Bowness-on-Solway, where the Wall reached the sea, however, the frontier had a different character and served a slightly different purpose. At the western end of the Wall a system of milefortlets and towers, spaced similarly to the milecastles and turrets along the Wall, extended the frontier system for at least 27 miles down the Cumbrian coast and helped control movement across the estuary of the Solway Firth. In places these milefortlets and towers were supplemented by lengths of palisade fences. Throughout its long history the Wall was not always well maintained. It was often neglected and sometimes overrun, but it remained in use until the late fourth century when a weak and divided Roman Empire finally withdrew its armies from the Wall and Britain. The frontier works along the Cumbrian coast survive as earthworks or buried archaeological remains, the latter sometimes visible on aerial photographs. They survive in this form largely as a result of the more ephemeral materials of which they were built (timber and turf instead of the stone of Hadrian's Wall land frontier) rather than because of poor survival of archaeological remains. Components of the coastal frontier which have surviving archaeological remains, whether visible or not, will generally be considered of national importance.

The monument is a rare example of a Roman tower which has remained undisturbed by archaeological excavation. It will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits and will contribute to further study of the Roman frontier defences along the Cumbrian coast.

History

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Details

The monument includes the buried remains of Maryport Golf Course tower. Within the sequence of Roman towers along the Cumbrian coast this one has been identified as 22a. The tower was originally of sandstone construction and is located on the edge of a fairway on a low ridge running parallel to the coast. It includes a low turf-covered mound which measures approximately 6m square and up to 0.1m high. The tower was found by Bellhouse in the early 1960s when probing revealed a rectangular stony mound in an area largely devoid of stone at a location c.485m south west of the known position of milefortlet 22, a distance relatively consistent between the structures forming the Roman frontier defences along the coast.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 10 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

  1. Other  Reference - Author: Bellhouse,R.L. (To RCHME) - Date: 1994 - Type: PERS COMM
  2. Other  Reference - Author: RCHME - Title: Cumberland Coast Events Record - Tower 22a - Date: 1995 - Type: DESC TEXT - Description: RCHME Survey - Unique ID No. 8976
  3. Article  Reference - Author: Bellhouse, R L - Title: Roman Sites On The Cumberland Coast - Date: 1963 - Journal Title: Trans Cumb and West Antiq and Arch Soc. New Ser. - Volume: LXIII - Page References: 141

National Grid Reference: NY 05297 38617

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