Jim Cousins

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Jim Cousins Defends Roman Wall

A section of the Roman Wall has been unearthed [map] in Newcastle during the building of a student hostel near the City Centre a few hundred yards from Jim's constituency office. As far as I am aware there are only three bits of Roman wall known about in the built up area between the Wall's start at Segedunum (modern day Wallsend) and the start of the more well preserved wall once you get past Newcastle's western boundaries so this is a very important discovery. The other three parts are the bit that was recently discovered near Byker Library [map] (since covered back up for protection but marked by a bit of a Roman design to the square in front of the library.), the bit at the top of Crawhall Road [map] (nothing visible here - just a plaque and coloured bricks on the ground denoting the route) and the bits above ground in West Denton [map].

Obviously the developers will want to just fill it in and carry on building. Luckily Jim is on the case and has been asking Estelle Morris if it can be made accessible to the public. It sounds like the developer's could be stopped altogether though as she has admitted it is a new find on an existing World Heritage Site and as such has to be protected.

I would link to a story in the papers or the BBC news but no one else seems to be covering it. Sorry.


At 30 June 2004 at 12:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Jim.

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