In the distance, in the front field of Drygrange House, now a nursing home, stands a little building, like a two-car garage with a pitched roof. It is an Edwardian summerhouse, lined with fumed oak, and built with stone taken from Trimontium by the landowner during the Curle excavations. It contains some decorative mediaeval stones. Renovated by the Trimontium Trust, it is worth a visit. The belt of trees to your right may be on the line of Dere Street, leading to the river crossing.
Half-right, i.e. NW, lies the South wall of the fort. The track in front is part of the South Annexe in the field to the left, with the agricultural activity nearer us, and the industrial/commercial area in the distance. From the wooded crest of the ridge to the left down the hill to the South gates of the fort come the two roads, 1st century, parallel and inside the hedge coming from the South, and 2nd century, 80 metres East. Along them went the departing soldiers when it was decided to give up Scotland around 200AD.
Consumerism went; the subsistence economy remained.
At this point, the walkers repair to the Village Hall in Newstead for a toilet stop, and where tea and biscuits also await. They are then conducted back to the Museum in Melrose Square, either by the way they came or by the riverside and the Monks' walltop
We shall finish, instead, with links to the official website of the Trimontium Trust, the Melrose Town website, the Melrose Town Trail and the virtual website for St Cuthbert's Way, which starts at the Abbey and ends on Lindisfarne.
(With thanks to Walter Elliot and Donald Gordon for permission to use their texts, and to John Martin of the Martin Gallery, Little Broadmeadows, Melrose for permission to use his sketches.)
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