This week’s blogs are counting down from Milecastle 49 to 40 right along the centre of what once was Hadrian’s Wall, starting at Harrows Scar, milecastle 49.
Situated immediately west of the gorge of the River Irthing you will find the remains of Milecastle 49.
Milecastle 49 measures 19.8 meters east to west by 22.9 meters north to south however no contemporary internal buildings are now visible. It lays 1458m west of Milecastle 48 and 1391m east of Milecastle 50. In July 1997 the remains of the milecastle were designated as a Scheduled Monument, which is currently in the care of English Heritage.
The turrets associated with Milecastle 49 are known as Turret 49A (grid reference NY61546628) and Turret 49B (grid reference NY61136620). There are no visible remains of Turret 49A but there are remains of 49B which lie 340 meters west of the west rampart of Birdoswald fort.
Most of the milecastle between 49 and 40 have visible remains, check out our other blog posts to find out more about walking the wall, cycling the wall and some of the forts to see along the way, otherwise download our Hadrian’s Wall app here, to find out everything you need to know about Hadrian’s Wall and what it as to offer!