National Geographic : 1950 Aug
182 The National Geographic Magazine so many lovers come and go that it has at last decided to blossom itself. Roman Wall Ruins Still Draw Travelers The Romans, who occu pied Britain for some four centuries, have left as their most remarkable monument in these islands the great Wall, 73 miles long and once probably 15 feet high above ground. It was built during the reign of the Em peror Hadrian across the great dyke of igneous rock, the Whin Sill of northern England, from Tyne to Sol way. Its ruins draw travel ers and scholars from all parts of the world.* I visited it from Bramp ton, a pleasant market town in Cumberland, where I passed my first night in England. In the '45 rising its mayor unwillingly pre sented the keys of his town "on bended knee" to Prince Charlie. The Prince's passage was indirectly responsible for the destruction of a section of the Wall, which was pulled down by the oppos ing general to pave a road for his cannon. Many old houses near the Wall, including much of the beautiful 12th-century Lanercost Priory, are built of the square Roman stones whose masons have left their names chiseled on a crag near Birdoswald. * See "The British Way," by Sir Evelyn Wrench, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, April, 1949. Reprint for separate sale in gray paper covers includes a 132-page booklet with 48 full color pages of historical paint ings, 19 black-and-white photo Oscar Marcus graphs, and articles by Gilbert Grosvenor, Sir Evelyn Wrench, Close to Scotland's Heart Lies Princes Street and Franklin L. Fisher. This Named in honor of two royal sons of George III, Princes Street reaches reprint may be had from head west from the North British Station Hotel's clock tower to the spires of quarters of the National Geo St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. Clubs, hotels, shops, restaurants, banks, graphic Society, 75e in United and offices line one side of this "short mile"; the other overlooks gardens States and possessions; else and monuments honoring Scotland's illustrious sons. where, 85y1.