This is an online atlas of Hadrian's Wall. It provides access to the various components of the Wall through the aerial coverage provided by Google Earth. Originally designed as a teaching aid, it is being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution / Noncommercial / Sharealike (by-nc-sa) licence.


The main component is a Google Earth file containing the ditch, curtain wall, turrets, milecastles, forts, Military Way, Vallum, outpost forts, hinterland forts, Cumbrian coastal system, temporary camps, the Stanegate, quarries, and indications of sites worth visiting as separate layers. Geolocated links to the photographs available on the Images page will be added in due course. There are also links to the same information in Google Maps and Microsoft's Virtual Earth system, but there are limitations on these that Google Earth does not share.

The principal elements of each layer carry details of the relevant pages within the latest edition of J. Collingwood Bruce's Handbook to the Roman Wall (which can be purchased online from Oxbow Books), compiled by Prof. David Breeze; links to the appropriate parts of MAGIC, the UK government mapping base which includes the extent (and details) of scheduled monuments and the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, and PastScape, the National Monuments Record's online database; references to documents on the Hadrian's Wall Research Framework website, where available; images of sites where there is something to see; and, where available, information from the gaudy-but-useful

Additionally, there are pages with more images of the Wall (available under a Creative Commons licence) and details of the major online sources of information on the Wall.

Mike Bishop

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This website last updated 31st August 2011