131.—Wall of Severus Near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.details

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131.—Wall of Severus Near Newcastle-upon-Tyne., in Hadrian's Wall, Denton Dean, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England more

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131.—Wall of Severus Near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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The engraving shows a part of Hadrian’s Wall, calling it the Wall of Severus in a confusion common since the 17th century.

Hadrian’s Wall here seens to go along the edge of a bank, so that the land behind it is higher, and even has houses upon it. In the foreground are two people admiring the greatness of the Wall, which is perhaps some twenty or thirty feet high in the drawing.

The massive character of the works is well exhibited at the sandstone-quarries at Denton Dean, where the wall, whose fragment is five feet high, has only three courses of facing-stones on one side and four on the other. Blocks of stone of such dimensions must of themselves have formed a quarry for successive generations to hew at and destroy (Fig. 131). (p. 43)

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