Hardknott Fort, Eskdale, Cumbria

Hardknott Fort, Eskdale, Cumbria
Photograph taken August 1998 © Copyright Historic England Archive ref: nmr 17151/35

Years of use as a remote sheep farm meant Hardknott Fort was only recognised as being of Roman origin in the late 17th century. Dating from the time of Hadrian, the Fort had suffered greatly from the attentions of stone robbers who removed large quantities of material for neighbouring farms. Unfortunately, robbing continued until the late 19th century, and only when archaeological excavation, survey and consolidation of the site began in 1892 did the future of the site begin to look secure. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010) and managed by the National Trust. Find out more


Cumbria Eskdale


Roman (43 - 409)



fort archaeology remains ruins hadrian roman (43 - 409) english heritage