Chesters Roman Fort and Museum
Northumberland NE46 4EP
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Chesters was one of the series of troop bases added to Hadrian's Wall soon after it was built C. AD122-123. It is the best preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain. It seems to have been occupied for nearly three centuries, with several changes of garrison during that time.There is much to see on the ground: the four principal gateways are well preserved, the east and west with short lengths of Hadrian's Wall adjoining them. The entire foundation of the headquarters building is visible, with a courtyard, hall, regimental chapel and strongroom clearly laid out.The military bath house is extremely well preserved, with changing room, latrines and bathing rooms, as is the Roman bridge abutment on the bank of the river.
Chesters Museum is home to the Clayton Collection and also enjoys a beautiful riverside setting. Housed within an attractive Edwardian building, the collection includes important early archaeological discoveries relating to the central section of the Wall.
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