Milecastle 6 probably lies under the A186 road
Milecastle 6 shown within Tyne and Wear
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Excavations and investigations
In 1966 J Collingwood Bruce suggested that the site of Milecastle 6 lay beneath the Benwell Grove road in Newcastle.
Each milecastle on Hadrian's Wall had two associated turret structures. These turrets were positioned approximately one-third and two-thirds of a Roman mile to the west of the Milecastle, and would probably have been manned by part of the milecastle's garrison. The turrets associated with Milecastle 6 are known as Turret 6A and Turret 6B.
Turret 6A has never been located from its remains. It has been positioned from the average distance to Turret 6B. This places Turret 6A approximately 90 yards (82 m) east of the eastern rampart of Condercum fort. This places it underneath the houses and road of Westholme Gardens in Benwell.
Turret 6B (Benwell Hill) was discovered by Robert Shafto in 1751, during construction of the Military Road, Shafto stated that it was approximately 4 yards (3.7 m) square. It was positioned at a point 308 yards (282 m) west of the western rampart of Condercum. This places it somewhere near to the modern road of Two Ball Lonnen. All surface trace of the turret had been obliterated by modern development by 1968.
|Monument||Monument Number||English Heritage Archive Number|
|Milecastle 6||25035||NZ 26 SW 6|
|Turret 6A||25038||NZ 26 SW 7|
|Turret 6B||25044||NZ 26 SW 9|
- "Milecastle 6". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
- "Turret 6A". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
- Breeze, David J (1934), Handbook to the Roman Wall (14th Revised edition - Nov 2006), Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, p. 158, ISBN 0-901082-65-1
- "Turret 6B". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2010.