AN investigation is to be launched into a possible Roman dam in Sunderland.
origins of an ancient stone structure which once spanned the River
Wear between North and South Hylton have long been debated by
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experts from North East Archaeological Research Ltd are to spend the
summer studying old maps, records and documents relating to the
“We will be carrying out a desk-based assessment initially,” said spokesman Phil Abramson.
“As an archaeologist I naturally like to dig, but we need more details first.”
of the investigation – funded by cash from Castle Ward’s Community
Chest – were revealed at a public meeting in South Hylton on Monday
Castle ward councillor and local historian Denny Wilson
said: “I really believe we have something here; we just don’t know what
it is yet.
“This investigation, I hope, is the start of
something big. If we could prove beyond doubt that the crossing dates
from Roman times it would put Sunderland on the map.”
of ancient finds in the North and South Hylton areas, including a
figurine, pottery shard and several coins, have re-ignited the Roman
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although generations of local historians have argued that the Romans
built a dam to transport goods upriver, very few hard facts have been
documented to support the theory.
Dr Gill Cookson, of the Victoria County History of Durham,Ekahau rtls
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evidence as part of the North East Archaeological Research Ltd
investigation and said: “There is a charter which shows a ferry
crossing existed at Hylton in the 1320s but, as yet,This is a really
pretty round stonemosaic
votive that has been covered with vintage china . I have not seen any
evidence to confirm the Romans constructed anything in the
“That is not, however, to say they did not. We approach this with open minds.”
maps of the River Wear reveal the mystery structure was known as the
Brig Stones in the 18th and 19th centuries, and that it was used as a
causeway by Wearsiders at low tide.
During Victorian times, the crossing was torn down by the River Wear Commissioners.
of tons of stones were removed. Some were used in the foundations of
Penshaw Monument and the North Pier, others were dumped on Roker beach.
“Archaeologists have looked at them, and they are clearly
Roman in origin,” said Alan Richardson, of the Northern Archaeology
Group. “I am in no doubt that there was a sizeable Roman structure at
Other Roman finds have also been documented across
Wearside, including a Roman road at Low Ford, Roman cobbles in
Grangetown and a Roman mosaic near the Magistrates’ Court.
the abundance of evidence, however, there has been an apparent refusal
to accept that the Romans had ever been in the River Wear,This is a
really pretty round stonemosaic votive that has been covered with vintage china .” added Alan.
Also convinced of the Roman origins of the dam is local historian Ian Stuart.
Romans had bases at Biddick and Chester-le-Street and, to get up there
by boat, they needed a dam at Hylton. Possibly they built a canal
system as well,” he said.
“I’ve found old tools near to what I
believe is an old Roman slipway, which could have been used by for
splitting timbers or stone, as well as a piece of wall which is very
similar to Hadrian’s Wall.”
Pam Tate, founder of Southwick
History and Preservation Society, added: “The meeting showed there are
various pieces of knowledge, stories and possible myths to be explored.”
Local historian and former police inspector Norman Kirtlan
said: “I believe that Sunderland, and the Wear in particular, was
important in Roman Britain.
“Evidence suggests that the mouth
of the river was very likely to be defended by two forts, one north,
one south. Why defend a river unless you actually have something to