Corbridge Roman Fort and Town
The first Roman fort at Corbridge was built about a km to the west of the standing remains. Itwas built as a supply base for the Roman advance into Scotland in about AD80. Five years afterthe fort was abandoned, the first of a series of forts was built on this site. The earliest forts atCorbridge were built largely of timber. It was not until the middle of the second century, whenthe last fort was built that extensive use was made of stone.Towards the end of the second century Corbridge’s role as a regular military fort came to an end.While the core of the site remained in the hands of the military, the surrounding area developedas a town. Many of the buildings of the town are buried beneath the surrounding fields. Theremains which you can still see today are only a small part of the central area.The size of Corbridge and its location indicate that it was an impotant town, a centre for both themilitary and civilian administration of the region. It would have provided a market for local andregional produce and opportunities for traders and merchantsFinds from the excavations suggest the presence of leatherworkers, potters and smiths. Travellersprobably used Corbridge as a staging post on the main route north, giving them an opportunity tochange or refresh their horses.