Pons Aelius

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Pons Aelius

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:55 pm

>>>> Pons Aelius or Bridge of Aelius <<<,

This was the Roman Bridge at Newcastle, on the River Tineas (Tyne). It was given the name of the Emperor Hadrian’s family. The small village that grew up around this new bridge may have had the same name as the bridge. There was a fort built here to guard the bridge which also takes the same name. The fort also was built to guard the original eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall. Another need for the bridge was as a link to the northern and southern Roman settlements

It is believed that the piers which supported the bridge were stone. That is based on the length of time that the bridge supported a roadway well into the medieval period. It is further supposed that the bridge was in operation in the 5th century when the Romans left Britain and served long after that, as well.

Constructed -- 122 AD;
Type Beam, wood, perhaps with stone piers;
Position -- on site of the present swing bridge.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens
 

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