Milecastle 6

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Milecastle 6
Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Westgate Road (A186) - - 3582849.jpg
Milecastle 6 probably lies under the A186 road
Milecastle 6 is located in Tyne and Wear
Milecastle 6
Milecastle 6
Location in Tyne and Wear
Coordinates54°58′29″N 1°39′11″W / 54.974663°N 1.653079°W / 54.974663; -1.653079Coordinates: 54°58′29″N 1°39′11″W / 54.974663°N 1.653079°W / 54.974663; -1.653079
Grid referenceNZ22306450

Milecastle 6 (Benwell Grove) was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall.


The exact location of this milecastle is unknown but the wall in this area runs beneath the A186. The area is built over with roads and terraced houses and no milecastle remains are known.[1]

Excavations and investigations[edit]

In 1966 J Collingwood Bruce suggested that the site of Milecastle 6 lay beneath the Benwell Grove road in Newcastle.[1]

Associated Turrets[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2] This places it underneath the houses and road of Westholme Gardens in Benwell.[2]

Location: 54°58′35″N 1°39′45″W / 54.976487°N 1.662437°W / 54.976487; -1.662437 (Turret 6A)

Turret 6B[edit]

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.[3] It was positioned at a point 308 yards (282 m) west of the western rampart of Condercum.[2][4] 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.[4]

Location: 54°58′42″N 1°40′08″W / 54.978391°N 1.668827°W / 54.978391; -1.668827 (Turret 6B)

Monument Records[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Milecastle 6". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Turret 6A". Pastscape. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ a b "Turret 6B". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 May 2010.[permanent dead link]