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Antonine Wall, Twechar Main Street to Bar Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Kirkintilloch East and North and Twechar, East Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.959 / 55°57'32"N

Longitude: -4.0765 / 4°4'35"W

OS Eastings: 270461

OS Northings: 675940

OS Grid: NS704759

Mapcode National: GBR 16.XG5G

Mapcode Global: WH4PX.CH14

Entry Name: Antonine Wall, Twechar Main Street to Bar Hill

Scheduled Date: 19 February 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7054

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: Antonine Wall

Location: Kirkintilloch

County: East Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Kirkintilloch East and North and Twechar

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


This monument is a section of the Antonine Wall which runs from the main road close to the crossing of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Twechar, to Bar Hill.

This proposal forms part of a programme which is intended to update the scheduling of the Antonine Wall, and extends the protected area along this part of the line of the Wall.

The rampart of the Antonine Wall at this location has been flattened, but the ditch is well-preserved and can be clearly traced up the hill from Twechar's Main Street across fields, and to the north of Barhill Cottage.

The Wall has been breached approximately half-way up the hill by an access track and some building remains related to mine workings on the north side of the wall, and this area of disturbance is excluded from the scheduling, as indicated on the map.

A track runs alongside the ditch for a short distance after this point, but then the track bends sharply to the SE and the Wall line runs on across an open field to Bar Hill. Here also the line of the ditch is clearly visible and marked by a hedge line.

The area to be scheduled includes the Antonine Wall rampart, berm, ditch and upcast mound, and an area to the N and S where traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

The top 50cm of the farm track which runs through the scheduled area is excluded from the scheduling to enable the top surface to be repaired or altered without requiring written consent.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a major Roman frontier system which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of Roman frontier policy and military organisation. The Antonine Wall is also the most substantial and important Roman monument in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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