Carlisle to Newcastle Military Road Talk

John Mather delivered an illustrated talk on the history of the Carlisle to Newcastle Military Road to appreciative members of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust on Tuesday 20th March 2018.

He explained that this road was constructed in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and was intended to allow the rapid deployment of soldiers to challenge any future threat to the Crown.

As well proving something of a white elephant, its construction had a disastrous effect on Hadrian’s Wall, much of which was destroyed to provide stones for the new road construction. It is somewhat ironic to realise that the road is now experiencing something of a renaissance as it allows visitors to access and appreciate what is left of Hadrian’s Wall.