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Amended accordingly, too much reliance on spell checkers, but hey ho, its in there now.I was a little confused as to your above statement so may I kindly and politely and hopefully unpatronisingly point to the spelling of Vicus for a roman settlement
It is interesting to speculate the size of Pons Aelius. To my knowledge they have only recovered civilian Roman remains at Hanover Square? Assuming the Wall followed Westgate Road then Low Bridge/Cathedral steps to Sallyport it doesn't leave too much space for a settlement outside of the fort, assuming pandon and lort burn areas were too marshy or sandy to live on.
I doubt Monkchester would have approached anywhere near the size of Pons Aelius until it became Newcastle, or at least the founding of Durham as the centre of the region, pushing the emphasis of the region away from Dere Street spine and Hexham made the most easterly crossing of the Tyne more important.
The only reason for the VICUS being known about in the Hanover Square area is purely down to the fact that in modern times it has been the only part of Newcastle adjacent to the Roman fort which has been available for an archaeological dig.
As ever a Tardis would certainly be a welcomed tool in this type of discussion.