Part of Hadrian’s Wall is discovered in Newcastle city center in England

Part of Hadrian’s Wall is discovered in Newcastle city center in England

Part of Hadrian’s Wall is discovered in Newcastle city center in England

During the investigations on-site as part of a scheme to revive a historic building in Newcastle city the Hadrians’ Wall was uncovered. The section of the wall on Westgate Road was discovered outside the Mining Institute. It was reportedly last seen during a site excavation in 1952.

It’s been 65 years since Hadrian’s Wall was last discovered in the city

But the acting general manager of the Mining Institute, Simon Brooks, said: “There was some controversy about whether the Wall was found. Many people have been sceptical but now we have clear evidence and we are delighted.”

The Newcastle-based archaeological practice is carrying out site investigations. Archaeologist Alan Rushworth said: “Various people doubted what had been found in 1952, but it now provides much more precision about the course of the wall.”

Nick Hodgson, author of the new book, Hadrian’s Wall on Tyneside, said: “It is wonderful to see the wall again in the centre of Newcastle.”

Simon Brooks showing the section of Hadrian’s Wall that’s been found on Westgate Road outside the Mining Institute

The wall has also been previously located under the Coopers Mart building at the bottom of Westgate Road, now occupied by Ryder Architecture.

The remains of a milecastle – a small Roman fort – have also been found near Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road.

The investigations have also uncovered the 6ft wide foundations of Westmoreland House, which was demolished to make way for the Mining Institute building in Neville Hall, which opened in 1872.

It was unearthed outside the Mining Institute in Newcastle

The origins of the house, which was the property of the powerful Neville family, date from the 14th century and what has been revealed is probably the base of a wing from the 17th century.

A dig inside the institute has revealed a cellar of Westmoreland House, which had been filled in with slag to level the ground after the demolition of the building probably from industrial works in what is now known as the Stephenson Quarter. Mixed with slag is waste such as animal bones, oyster shells and clay pipes.

“It looks like they are using whatever they could get their hands on to fill in the cellars,” said Alan.

Last year, the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers won a £600,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pave the way for a bid next year for more than £4m for a project which involves:

• The preservation and celebration of the institute’s industrial and engineering heritage and the genius of the early pioneers and entrepreneurs whose skill, knowledge and invention were exported around the world

• The restoration of the exterior of the institute’s grade II-star listed Neville Hall along with the renovation of interior rooms, including the sumptuous Nicholas Wood Memorial Hall and the Edwardian lecture theatre

• Digitisation of its unique archive, creating online access for research into one of the most important collections in the world for the study of the Industrial Revolution

• Securing a future role for the institute through a proposed Common Room of the Great North to provide meeting spaces for the region and promoting – in the building and online – a programme of debates, conferences, seminars and events that contribute to the economic, social, environmental and cultural life of the North East.

• Exploration and development of a programme aimed at ensuring that the institute and its heritage are better understood by the communities of the North, as well as the promotion of engineering careers and apprenticeships

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