Visit Chollerford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chollerford, Northumberland. One of the most interesting and accessible forts of Hadrian's Wall stood on the bank of the North Tyne in this wooded valley. It was Chesters (Cilurnum). It housed 500 troops and guarded the west side of a bridge. It covered 5¾ acres, which made it the largest fort in Northumberland. Excavation on the beautiful site has revealed a great deal about the life of the fort. Its rectangular wall was 5 ft thick with an earth bank behind and a ditch in front. There were six gatehouses with guard chambers. Spring water was brought in to a settling tank by aqueduct. Refuse reveals that the soldiers managed to get quantities of oysters, mussels, cockles and limpets though 30 miles from the sea. Layers of debris pointed to three destructions of the fort, which was each time rebuilt. The visitor can marvel here at the “modern” conveniences the Roman forces provided. A commandant's house has underfloor heating. The regimental bathhouse, between the fort and the river, is a most imposing ruin, with round-headed niches or cupboards, latrines, and provision for hot or cold, dry or steam baths.
An abutment of the Roman bridge is reached by crossing the present bridge near the George Inn and taking a footpath along the former railway line on the east bank of the river.
The fort site was in the park of Chesters, an l8th century mansion, whose owner, John Clayton, a Classical scholar, was the first to examine the Roman remains systematically. He died in 1890 and the preservation of the surviving Wall owes much to his work and concern. The museum at Chesters was built in his memory.
Nearby cities: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nearby towns: Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Prudhoe
Nearby villages: Acomb, Allendale Town, Aydon, Bardon, Bardon Mill, Barrasford, Bellingham, Birtley, Capheaton, Catton, Chollerton, Colwell, Corbridge, Elrington, Fourstones, Great Swinburn, Gunnerton, Harlow Hill, Harnham, Healey, Humshaugh, Ingoe, Kirkharle, Kirkheaton, Kirkwhelpington, Matfen, Mickley, Newbrough, Nunwick, Otterburn, Riding Mill, Ridsdale, Ryal, Sandhoe, Simonburn, Slaley, Stagshaw Bank, Stocksfield, Thockrington, Thorngrafton, Wall, Wall Houses, Warden, Whitfield, Whittonstall
Have you decided to visit Chollerford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chollerford bed and breakfast (a Chollerford B&B or Chollerford b and b)
- a Chollerford guesthouse
- a Chollerford hotel (or motel)
- a Chollerford self-catering establishment, or
- other Chollerford accommodation