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Council to hand over Roman fort
Birdoswald dig
Several archaeological digs have taken place at Birdoswald
A historical landmark in Cumbria is to be taken over by English Heritage after details of the transfer were approved by Cumbria County Council.

Birdoswald Roman Fort, near Brampton, is set on Hadrian's Wall, and is a popular tourist attraction.

New owner, English Heritage, is already responsible for most of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

The council will receive 50,000 for stock, equipment and educational material also being transferred.

Special ceremony

Roger Bingham, cabinet member for culture said: "Birdoswald Fort is a wonderful historic site full of the country's Roman past.

"English Heritage already looks after most of Hadrian's Wall so it makes sense that they should also look after Birdoswald.

"The transfer is a good example of forward thinking and working together for the right outcome.

"I am sure they will cherish it."

English Heritage have promised to continue to source goods and services for the fort from local suppliers where possible.

There will be a special ceremony to mark the transfer in the near future.

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