Edge of the em­pire

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

An am­bi­tious project to pro­mote a piece of Ro­man her­itage in Old Kil­patrick has re­ceived a huge boost.

The An­to­nine Wall is a World Her­itage Site and there are plans to rein­vig­o­rate it with Ro­man-themed play spa­ces, replica stone slabs which marked the route and a video tour.

The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund has awarded £97,000 to help West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil and its part­ners progress the plans to al­low the group to ap­ply for a full grant next year.

The An­to­nine Wall was the most northerly fron­tier of the Ro­man Em­pire nearly 2000 years ago, run­ning from Bo’ness on the Forth to Old Kil­patrick.

At the time it was built the wall was the most com­plex fron­tier ever con­structed by the Ro­man army.

It was only oc­cu­pied for about a gen­er­a­tion be­fore be­ing aban­doned in the AD 160s.

To­day vis­i­tors can ex­plore traces of ram­parts, steep ditches and the re­mains of forts and bath­houses.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Dick­son, con­vener of cor­po­rate ser­vices, said: “The An­to­nine Wall is a bril­liant ed­u­ca­tional tool to have right on our doorstep and the sec­tion of the wall which is within Gold­en­hill Park is an im­por­tant part of the rich her­itage we have in West Dun­bar­ton­shire.”

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