Edge of the empire
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.”