Castlesteads: Reviving Interest in the Wall

Richard Hingley

in Hadrian's Wall

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641413
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745720 | DOI:
Castlesteads: Reviving Interest in the Wall

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In 1695, a new edition of Camden's Britannia was published. Although there was little additional information on the Picts' Wall, antiquarian interest in the monument increased significantly during the early decades of the eighteenth century. This chapter explores the new interpretations of the Wall that developed during the first half of the eighteenth century, up to the Jacobite uprising of 1745–6. It examines the conceptual role of the Wall with regard to the unity and disunity of England and Scotland, the results of the Act of Union of 1707, and the concomitant revival of interest. George Smith's particular interest in the Roman fort at Castlesteads (Cumbria), exemplifies a new approach to the Wall's remains.

Keywords: William Camden; Britannia; Picts' Wall; ancient monuments; England; Scotland; Act of Union of 1707; George Smith

Chapter.  9245 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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