Author Topic: Now damage to Hadrianís Wall  (Read 769 times)

rural roamer

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Now damage to Hadrianís Wall
« on: 22:41:24, 20/06/18 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-44539389


Following on from the Brimham Rocks story the other day. Just why do people have to do this?

Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Re: Now damage to Hadrianís Wall
« Reply #1 on: 12:31:56, 21/06/18 »
A lot of the blame has been aimed at treasure hunters using metal detectors , searching for undiscovered treasure, but let's not forget had it not been for the very wealthy Victorian John Clayton, there would be no wall left at all.

He was a Northumberland Beatrix Potter, but on a much larger scale.

I wonder what the locals back in the 19C thought of this rich local toff attending every property auction and outbidding anyone who dared to enter the auction and try and outbid him.


Visiting Chesters Fort last year, i forget just how many properties and areas of land he purchased adjoining the wall, but it was substantial, running in many millions in today's money, but his passion for history and the preservation of this incredible ancient monument was almost and addiction.


No matter how large or small the property estate Mr Clayton bought it, just to preserve the wall.

We have a great deal to thank him for.


Back in the 19C his passion for archaeology and ancient remains, saw him buy up just about every farm and dwelling alongside the wall.

So much of the masonry of the wall was pillaged throughout the centuries to build farms and other dwellings, that its a surprise there is anything left of this famous structure, but with a modern passion for the preservation of things old and of historical interest, people damaging this famous ancient monument are treated with dismay and quite rightfully so.


Oh how times have changed.
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Mel

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Re: Now damage to Hadrianís Wall
« Reply #2 on: 18:04:37, 21/06/18 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-44539389


Following on from the Brimham Rocks story the other day. Just why do people have to do this?


Because they are selfish, thoughtless and greedy?  :(
No expense spared in pursuit of a bargain ;)
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