History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The village stands near the site of the Battle of Heavenfield, where a Welsh army under Cadwallon ap Cadfan attacked a force under Oswald, King of Bernicia, part of the Northumbrian kingdom. The armies met around AD 633 and the result was a decisive victory for Oswald. As a consequence of his victory, Oswald was able to - at least briefly - unite the Northumbrian kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira under his rule.
A settlement grew up at Heavenfield, with its own church. The villagers of Wall had to walk the 1.5 miles to worship at Heavenfield until 1896, when the Victorian church of St George was built on the village green, replacing an earlier cottage thatched with heather.
In the centre of the village is The Hadrian Inn, a 19th-century ivy-clad hotel. The hotel stands in a conservation area, maintaining the heritage feel of the village and its traditional Northumbrian style of buildings.
Several interesting sections of Hadrian's Wall run close to the village. Just to the north is Brunton Turret, and to the northwest is a milecastle. A mile away, over the River North Tyne, lies Chesters Roman Fort, one of the most complete forts along the course of the Wall. Beside the fort is a wonderfully picturesque walled garden.
Address: Wall, Northumberland, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the A6079 three miles north of Hexham
Photo Credit: David Dixon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Brunton Turret (Hadrian's Wall) - 1.6 miles (Roman Site)
Planetrees Roman Wall (Hadrian's Wall) - 1.6 miles (Roman Site)
Chesters Bridge Abutment (Hadrian's Wall) - 1.7 miles (Roman Site)
Chesters Roman Fort - 1.8 miles (Roman Site)
Heavenfield, St Oswald's Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Hexham Abbey - 2.3 miles (Historic Church)
Northumberland National Park - 2.7 miles (Countryside)
Black Carts Turret (Hadrian's Wall) - 3.1 miles (Roman Site)
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