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SacoHarry
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Ya know, I thought about Bede. But... (apostate moment coming) I don't think he ever visited the Wall, at least not beyond his immediate neighborhood. Here's what he says:

"... thinking that it might be some help to the allies, whom they were forced to abandon, they [the Romans] constructed a strong stone wall from sea to sea, in a straight line between the towns that had been there built for fear of the enemy, where Severus also had formerly built a rampart. This famous wall, which is still to be seen, was raised at public and private expense, the Britons also lending their assistance. It is eight feet in breadth, and twelve in height, in a straight line from east to west, as is still evident to beholders." (ref, http://www.dot-domesday.me.uk/s_wall.htm)

Kind of surprising how simplistic -- and wrong -- he gets it. Especially for the best mind of his generation, with local access to the thing!
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