If you have been to Hadrian’s Wall, then perhaps you have seen a few. There have been many reports over the years of a fully armed Roman legion marching out from the wall only to vanish into thin air. Not only that, but the ghost of a Roman sentry may be seen there on certain occasions as well.
At first these sightings were dismissed by historians, especially after those who saw the legion stated that they were wearing green cloaks instead of the more familiar red. They also said the legion carried round shields rather than the usual square ones. However, research shows that the legion stationed near Hadrian’s Wall did in fact wear green cloaks and carry round shields. This was because they were auxiliary troops, which historians had not realized were stationed at this location before the sightings were confirmed.
The link below adds some important details, but it isn’t comprehensive. At least, this author would prefer to have a little more information on the sightings than this piece supplies. It is a start, however, one which may lead to more thorough reading later on. In any case, there is one final question for your consideration, readers….
Do you believe in ghosts?
Hear the word ‘ghosts’ and it is not Roman ghosts that you think of, I would wager. But that is exactly what these York ghosts are. They were clearly seen in February 1953 by an apprentice plumber called Harry Martingale as he worked in the cellars of the Treasurer’s House. A procession of Roman soldiers, ghosts dating from the 4th century.
Harry’s account was as follows. He was standing on a ladder when he heard what he described as ‘a tinny trumpet call’. At first, he thought that the sound must be coming from the road above him. However, he heard the sound several times and each time it appeared to be closer.