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Segedunum, Wallsend

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Segedunum was a Roman fort at modern-day Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. The fort lay at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall (in Wallsend) near the banks of the River Tyne, forming the easternmost portion of the wall. It was in use as a garrison for approximately 300 years, almost up to 400AD.Today, Segedunum is the most thoroughly excavated fort along Hadrian's Wall, and is operated as Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum.EtymologyFive places named Segedunum are known to have existed in the Roman empire, one each in Britain and Germany and three in Gaul. The first element of the name is attested widely in Gaul, Spain, Germany and Italy, and derives from the Indo-European root segh-, which is reflected in various later European languages with similar meanings: Irish seg-, segh- 'strength, vigour', Welsh hy 'daring, bold', German Sieg 'victory', and so on. As applied to place names, it appears to have had the meaning of "place of strength" or "place of victory". The second element, -dunum, is a Celtic term widely attested across Britain and Gaul and typically meant a fort. Thus Segedunum probably had the meaning of "strong fort" or "victory fort".
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  • So glad we went. It's a great museum with lots of interesting things in it. The view of the fort from the tower was spectacular and the video showing the development of Wallsend was very good. Discoun...  more »
  • I've been before- but was amazed to see the remains of the collapsed Hadrian's wall now fully displayed- this is outside the main fort site- near the reconstruction of the wal- well worth a visit. The...  more »
  • You can’t come to Wallends and not pay a visit to the remains of the Roman Fort that gives the place its name. Not only does the visitor centre focus on the Roman story, it looks at the history of the...  more »
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  • After walking Hadrian's Wall this was a great place to arrive with a great welcome from the reception. Cafe to relax in. Didn't see much of the site as ot was near closing when we arrived.
  • It's a facinating place, so much to see. Wish we 'd had longer there
  • Great historical place, with a good viewing area high up. Winter time it opening hours are shorter
  • Roman museum. Interesting place.
  • Very historical and has great views from the tower

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