Excerpt from Old Yorkshire
W'atling Street and other roads Of which remains are still to be seen, and was guarded on the north, as a protection from the wild tribes of North Britain, at first by an earthwork and ditch, afterwards by a wall and towers. Eboracum was the place of residence Of several Of the Emperors, two of whom - Severus and Constantius - died there, and Constantine, sometimes erroneously stated to have been born within its walls, was here first proclaimed Emperor, on the death of his father. Multitudes Of relics, statues, tombstones, vases, and coins Of this period have been disinterred, and there still remains, in situ, by the Museum grounds, perhaps'the most interesting of all the multangular tower.
When the Romans evacuated the island, the Britons formd the Solway and Tyne wall but little protection from the incursions of the ferocious hordes of the north, who came trooping over it and spread desolation and death wherever they came. In an evil hour, to them selves, the Britons called ih the aid of some wandering Teuton sea pirates, who soon drove the savages back to their northern mountains, but instead of returning as they came, when their work was accomplished, they turned their arms upon their allies, and eventually made a conquest of the whole of South Britain, excepting the mountainous districts of Wales and Cumbria, to which fastnesses the remnants of the British race were driven for refuge.
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