Fastflow Group & Northumbrian Water workers find lost section of Hadrian’s Wall

A stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, believed to be 1,900 years old, has been uncovered in Newcastle city centre during upgrade work on the water pipe network.

The three-metre structure is believed to have been built during the earliest phases of the historic Roman wall, stretching back to around AD120. The discovery was made about 50cm below ground by workers replacing a water main under one of Newcastle’s busiest roads.

The amazing 1,900-year-old discovery was made after workers from Fastflow Group, a subsidiary of United Living Infrastructure Services & Northumbrian Water, carried out a mains replacement in the area of West Road, just outside Newcastle city centre.

It is believed that the newly-discovered section of the wall is from one of the earliest phases of the historical landmark, as it was constructed using such large blocks of stone, later phases used much smaller pieces of stone.

Benn Cottrell, Managing Director, Fastflow Group | United Living Infrastructure Services, said: “This is a truly significant discovery, uncovering and recording this fascinating site which would otherwise have remained hidden.”

“As a responsible business, we are committed to the protection of the historic environment, and as such, the water main has been routed in a way that leaves a buffer around the wall preserving it for future generations”.

Graeme Ridley, Project Manager from Northumbrian Water, said: “It is amazing that we have been able to make this brilliant discovery, and we are glad to be working with Archaeological Research Services to make sure that it is properly protected going forwards.

“This is an incredibly special part of North East heritage and we are honoured to be a part of it.

“We have completed work in the area and this vital work has been carried out in order to futureproof our water supplies and ensure that our customers continue to receive excellent and high-quality tap water.”

The works form part of a more extensive £66 million cleaning programme, which began in 2010 and has seen improvements to more than 221 kilometres of strategic mains cleaned to date.