The Antonine Wall

World Heritage Site - Rediscovering The Antonine Wall

The Antonine Wall and Hadrian's Wall have recently been awarded £2 million by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

The Antonine Wall was built in the years following AD 142 on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. Sitting between the firths of Forth and Clyde, the Antonine Wall briefly marked the northmost point of the Roman Empire. Although it is not built in stone, its impact on the landscape was immense. It followed over a 60 km line from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth.

In 2008 the Antonine Wall was designated as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. Within North Lanarkshire, it runs from Castlecary to Croy and is one of only 6 World Heritage Sites in Scotland.  

Thanks to players of the National Lottery, £980,600 of the fund will help address the lack of awareness of the Antonine Wall. At the wall replica distance markers based on the Roman originals will be placed at five different sites alongside information about its history.  Five Roman play areas will also be created at other sites near to the wall for young children to explore and play. The locations in North Lanarkshire will be Nethercroy for the replica distance marker and Auchinstarry for the Roman themed play area.  A programme of 30 community designed projects, such as a Scouts Big Roman Camp Out and a Roman inspired community garden will take place across the five Local Authorities that the Wall passes through.  Resources for schools exploring topics such as Roman cooking and crafts will be developed as well as talks, tours and a community led video tour of the wall. 

A 21st Century legion of 300 volunteers will be recruited and trained to help co-design projects in their communities, act as tour guides, help with research and raise awareness.  Led by West Dunbartonshire Council the project is in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council and  Historic Environment Scotland

Management Plan

In accordance with UNESCO guidelines there is a pdf icon management plan [5Mb] for 2014-2019, this provides a broad framework for us and our partners to manage, conserve and enhance this important site for the next five years.  The management plan includes actions to build and expand this partnership working by exploring the medium-term objectives for the Antonine Wall as well as extending to other projects involving Hadrian's Wall and the German Limes.

Planning Guidance

Historic Environment Scotland have produced pdf icon Supplementary Planning Guidance [7Mb]. You will have to consider this if you undertake any development close to the Antonine Wall.  Other documents associated within this are the pdf icon environmental report [2Mb] and the pdf icon consultation report and SEA post adoption statement [328kb].

You can also VisitLanarkshire for information on the Antonine Wall as well as other attractions and accommodation across Lanarkshire. 

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