Moss Side Camps

Marching or Temporary Camps

Moss Side 1, Cumbria

OS National Grid Reference: NY 4562 6030
Dimensions: 282 x 374 ft (86 x 114 m)
Area: c.2½ acres (1 ha)
Description: The defences of this camp delineate a parallelogram. There are gateways placed in the centre of the W and E sides, with an external titulum outside the E, but large gaps in the N & S defences cannot be proven to be gates. This camp lies almost entirely within the defences of Camp-2, and was possibly built first.

Moss Side 2, Cumbria

OS National Grid Reference: NY 4569 6031
Dimensions: 614 x 690 ft (187 x 210 m)
Area: 9¾ acres (3.9 ha)
Description: This almost rectangular camp has gateways placed centrally in its E & W sides and others in the N & S sides off-set towards the E; the camp therefore faced E. A trapezoidal annexe of 3 acres (1.2 ha) was attached to the W end of the N defences of this camp.

The camps lie in fields to the east of the Hadrian’s Wall Path as it follows the Sandy Lane (Track) between the Wall and the Stanegate; the field boundary with the trigonometric point at 32 metres elevation (NY 4580 6034) lies roughly 20 metres beyond the eastern defenses of the largest camp.

References for Moss Side Camps

  • Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.

Map References for Moss Side Camps

NGRef: NY4560 OSMap: LR86

Roman Roads near Moss Side Camps

ENE (0.5) to Westmvir (Tayside)