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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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  • We visited the segedunum on our way from York to Edinburgh. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I came away thinking that I'd completely wasted £6. We paid for our tickets (which took about ten minu...  read more »
  • The museum and videos etc are very good but the trouble is there is not much left of the original.Nevertheless, quite enjoyable . Mdsels of later ships very good. 
  • I only live about 5 minutes away from the segedunum so I decided to go and see what was on my door step got to say it was very interesting to see all that history right on my door step it has a tower ...  read more »
  • This is a fantastic museum with interactive stuff to try yourself and lots of games and things for the kids. It is clearly aimed at education and does it well. Not just about the Romans. It also covers some of the local shipbuilding as it's on the old Swan Hunter site. It also has a replica bath house and the layout of the fort can can be seen from the observation tower as well as walked over.
  • I live just a puddle jump away from this historic site - Segedunum, the Roman fort at one end of Hadrian's Wall. Especially as a tutor of Latin, I just love living in Wallsend. :) The museum is wonderfully done with interactive displays and I cannot wait until the winter break is over to retrace those Roman steps again. So, whenever you find yourself in my neighbourhood, visit Wallsend's bilingual Metro station (signs in both English and Latin) and Segedunum!
  • Good museum, if feeling a little dated.
  • A fantastic museum
  • Fab end to walking the wall
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