Todays blog is a fact file all about milecastles 52,51 and 50, starting at the farthest West milecastle 52...
Known as Bankshead
Grid reference NY57946490
1484 m from milcastle 51
1520 m from milecatsle 53
No visible trace of milecatsle 52 abouve ground
Excavated in 1934
Measured 27.5 m East to West & 23.4 m North to South
2 associated turrets, 52A (Grid Reference NY5747864729) and 52B (grid reference NY5700457)
Pike Hill signal tower is 170m East of turret 52A
Known as Wall Bowers
Grid reference NY59306549
Situated to the West of Birdoswald fort
Remains consist of some turf covered foundations and traces of a ditch to the East
The milecastle was excavated in 1927, 1934 and 1936. Although not now visible, excavation showed that it had two internal stone barracks buildings.
2 associated turrets 51A (grid reference NY58826530) and 51B (grid reference NY58386511)
Known as High House
Grid reference NY60676601
Situated to the West of Birdoswald Roman Fort
It lies 1391 metres west of Milecastle 49 and 1501 metres east of Milecastle 51
Excavations in 1911 showed that it measures 18.3 metres east to west by 23.2 metres north to south.
2 associated turrets 50A (grid reference NY60206586) and 50B (grid reference NY59736573)