Seatsides Temporary Marching Camps
The larger of the two temporary marching camps at Seatsides occupies the crest of an east-west ridge running parallel with and situated about 1 mile (1.5 km) south of the line of Hadrian’s Wall; the Stanegate runs directly along the ridge through the middle of this camp and the smaller, Seatsides Camp 2 lies about 90 yards (c.80m) outside the north-east corner. The two marching camps at Seatsides are not alone in the Northumbrian landscape, for there are two more camps nearby to the south-east at Bean Burn, also another at Twice Brewed to the north, just south of the Vallum.
Seatsides Camp 1
OS National Grid Reference: NY751661
Dimensions: 827 x 925 ft (252 x 282 m)
Area: c.16½ acres (6.7 ha)
Description: Two gateways of this original camp are visible, situated in the N & S sides offset towards the E. The N gateway is protected by both an external titulum and an internal clavicula, and although traces of internal clavicular defences have been identified in the S gate, no external traverse has been found. Any gateways and defences in the E & W sides have been obliterated by the Stanegate. To the N of the road the ramparts to the W & E are pierced by gates in the centre, both with external tituli, which likely indicates that the camp has two phases of occupation, in the second phase only that half to the N of the road was used, and the agger of the Stanegate itself probably formed part of the S defences of the camp. In this, its second incarnation, the camp measured (c.110 x 280 m) and covered an area of 7½ acres (3 ha). Seatsides Farm resides in the W half of this camp and the farm track utilizes the agger of the Stanegate to provide access to the buildings.
Map References for Seatsides Camps
NGRef: NY751661 OSMap: LR86/87
Roman Roads near Seatsides Camps
Stanegate: W (1) to Haltwhistle Bvrn (Northumberland) Stanegate: E (2) to Vindolanda (Chesterholm, Northumberland)