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The Church stands on the site of the Roman Fort, Aballava, alongside Hadrian’s Wall. During the Roman occupation the Fort was garrisoned, amongst others, by a cohort of soldiers from Morocco.
When the BBC was researching for the series Black and British it was discovered that these Moroccan soldiers were the first recorded African community, to live as a community, in the UK.
Alongside the Church path there is a time-line inscribed with historical information and at 2pm on 2nd December the Bishop of Carlisle (The Right Reverend James Newcome) will dedicate a new stone, recording and celebrating the African culture brought to Burgh by Sands by these Moorish soldiers.
This will be attended by members of the local community, members of the African Cultural Group NEAACA from Newcastle upon Tyne and the local school. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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