Aesica..... is the Roman fort of Great Chesters on Hadrian's Wall
In 2000 I was looking to create an
unusual and unique domain name, one that I could also use for
self employment. Around that time I had ran along part of Hadrian's Wall
finishing near Aesica. Along the Winshield to the East of
here the scenery is both beautiful and dramatic. I thought that
a Roman name would be not be a bad idea. I'm also from the
North, being born at Wallsend, one end of Hadrian's wall.
Aesica is the Roman name
of Great Chesters fort, just to the North of Haltwhistle on the
River Tyne. Aesica was a small infantry fort placed on
the wall to protect a gap in the Winshield ridge along which the
wall was built. Today almost the entire line of the defences can
be viewed, apart from the north-eastern corner which is obscured
by modern farm buildings, and the eastern ramparts which have
been levelled by farmers across the ages. Access to Aesica
is free and parking is only a short walk away at Cawfields.
Hadrian's Wall is a World
Heritage Site. Hadrian's Wall has been recognised for its
international importance as an evocative monument to one of the
world's greatest civilisations. Not only is Hadrian's Wall the
most important structure built by the Romans in Britain, but it
is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire. It was
constructed over a period of six years by order of the Emperor
Hadrian who came to Britain in AD122. It served its purpose of
'separating the Romans from the Barbarians' for over 250 years.
Today, the 73 miles from Wallsend in the East to Bowness in the
West are studded with forts, milecastles, temples and turrets.
These 2000 year-old remains are brought brilliantly to life by
museums, reconstructions and fascinating visitor centres. A new
84 mile National Trail footpath was opened in 2003 along the
length of the wall,
Hadrian's Wall Path.