NGRef: NY 821 705
OSMap: Hadrian's Wall, OL43, LR87.
Type: Wall Turret, Camp
Military Way: W (2.75) to Vercovicivm (Housesteads, Northumberland)
Military Way: E (2.25) to Brocolitia

Coesike Turret #33b

This turret was completely excavated in 1970 and was found to have have gone out of use by the end of the 2nd century, when the doorway was blocked-up and the pottery sequence ends. At a later date the entire turret was demolished and the wall-recess filled in; an inscription of the Sixth Legion Victrix was used in the blocking (RIB 1567a infra).

"The Sixth Victorious Legion, Loyal and Faithful [made this]."
(RIB 1567a; Coesike, turret 33b; Britannia ii (1971), p.291, no.10)

Coesike Temporary Marching Camps

The defences of Camp-1 are much more substantial than those of Camp-2 and overlie the smaller camp's western defences; it is therefore certain that Camp-1 was built after Camp-2. The relative date of Camp-3 is unknown. Another marching camp lies close by to the west at Grindon School, and another lies about 1½ miles (c.2.4km) to the east at Brown Dikes.

N.G.Ref Dimensions Area Description
Coesike Marching Camp West 1
NY817701 180 x 180 ft
(55 x 55 m)
c.½ acre
(0.2 ha)
This rhomboidal camp overies the earlier Camp-2. Three gates are recorded, located centrally in the north, east and west sides, all with titulum defensive outworks. The camp faced north.
Coesike Marching Camp West 2
NY817701 112 x 112 ft
(c.34 x 34 m)
c.¼ acre
(0.1 ha)
This small squarish camp lies entirely within Camp-1, which overlies the western defences. There is a gate with titulum located centrally on the north side and there is a gap in the east defences which may also have constituted a gateway. This camp probably faced north.
Coesike Marching Camp East
NY818702 148 x 164 ft
(45 x 50 m)
c.½ acre
(0.2 ha)
This camp lies just over 260 feet (80m) to the north-east of Camps-1 & 2, and is almost perfectly rectangular in outline. There are gates with external tituli located centrally in the south, east and west sides, though any similar structures which may originally have existed on the north are now obscured by modern drains. Traces of the rampart exist only in the south-east corner but the ditch is readily apparent.
See: Britannia ii (1971) p.250;
Roman Camps in England - The Field Archaeology by Welfare & Swan (HMSO, London, 1995).
Link to maps of the area from: StreetMap Old-Maps MultiMap
Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: COESIKE"