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Sheet 60 Plan 16 Parish of Corsenside

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HABITANCUM Habitancum McLauchlins Plan of Watling Street 68 Chains S.E. All the remains distinctly to be traced of this
(Remains of) Habitancum (Remains of)} Risingham Mr Routlidge High leam of Peel Camp, are a large rampart of earth and stones
Risingham Habitancum (Remains of)} Mr Shanks Park Head with a considerable slope outward but much smaller
Habitancum (Remains of)} Hodgson’s History of Northumberland inside which is owing supposed to be owing to
Habitancum (Remains of)} Whites Directory
the excavations made in it. The principal entrance of the station
has been on its west side from which a raised causeway connected it with Watling Street.
another entrance is visible on the South side. A large Roman Weair extends
from the north side of it, built to protect the station from an outbreak of the
River Rede which must have run much nearer to it when it was built.
This weair still remains very perfect. In another outbreak the water has come
round the north end of the weair and broken into the North corner of the station.
The Station was opened in 1843 by Mr Bell of Newcastle Mr Clayton Chesters
and Mr Shanks Park Head who are members of the Society of Antiquaries, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The west and north gateway were found to have been flanked
by small towers or turrets still traceable in the former. Numerous tracings
of buildings were discovered the sites are still marked by grass grown mounds
Those only are shown on the Examnd Trace which are known for what purpose they were
built and were pointed out to me by Mr Shanks who was present during
the excavation and had surveys made of them by Mr Bell of Newcastle.
No tracings of a ditch are visible but I have shown that portion which tradition
speaks of as the ditch and it is mentioned by Sir Walter Scott as the Moated
Mound of Risingham. For further particulars See Hodgsons History an McLauchlins Memoir
For desription See N Book of Sheet 61 Plan 13
West Woodburn For desription See N Book of Sheet 60 Plan 15
Great Cleugh For desription See Name Book of Sheet 60 Plan 8
Corsenside Common For desription See Name Book of Sheet 60 Plan 8
Crawdon Sike For desription See Name Book of Sheet 61 Plan 13
Chesterhope Burn For desription See Name Book of Sheet 61 Plan 13
River Rede For desription See Name Book of Sheet 68 Plan 4
Alfred Brittain
Sapper Royal Engineers

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