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Kids Corner

The Romans In Newcastle upon Tyne

Did you know?

That the Roman Emperor called Hadrian visited Newcastle Upon Tyne in 122 AD. He brought with him over 1000 soldiers and advisors. Of course it wasn’t called Newcastle Upon Tyne back then it had the funny name Pons Aelius. Pons meaning Bridge and Aelius was the family name of Emperor Hadrian like Smith or Jones. So Newcastle use to be called Hadrian’s Bridge.

But why did Emperor Hadrian visit Newcastle?

It is a very long way from Rome, especially on horse back. Well the Roman Empire was having a lot of problems with the tribes in the North and Hadrian decided to build a big wall from Wallsend in the East right across the country to Bowness on Solway in the West.

It would be 80 miles long and take 6 years and about 15,000 men to build. The Wall was defended by Roman soldiers who stopped the Northern tribes (which the Romans called Barbarians) from attacking the civilised South. The Barbarians use to paint themselves with a blue paint called Wode before a battle to make themselves look more fierce.

2022 was the 1900th anniversary of the wall being built and to celebrate there were lots of activities across the country.

a statue of Emperor Hadrian A statue of Emperor Hadrian artists impression of a section of the original Hadrian's Wall A section of Hadrian's Wall

Roman Quiz

Roman soldier standing on Hadrian's wall A Roman soldier on Hadrian's wall
A Roman Lady A Roman Lady

Find out more about the Romans by clicking on the photographs opposite.

  1. What was the Roman Emporer’s name that visited Newcastle in 122AD?
  2. What was the name of Newcastle Upon Tyne back then?
  3. Why did he visit Newcastle?
  4. What did the Emperor build?
  5. What did the Barbarians paint on themselves to look fierce during battle?
  6. Where does the Wall start in the East?
  7. Where does the Wall end in the West?
  8. How long was the Wall?
  9. How long did it take to build?
  10. How many men did it take to build the wall?

King Charles III

photograph of King Charles III, Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine

Did you know we have a new Monarch?

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles was proclaimed King Charles III on the 8th of September. On the left we see King Charles with the Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine. Click on the photograph to find out some more facts about King Charles.

Buckingham Palace

Activity Ideas

Some educational websites that your children might enjoy (all links open in a new tab).

Eden Project Communities
Tate Kids
National Geographic
Paint The World - Super Colouring
Happy Learning
Walbottle Dene
A brick from Walbottle brickworks