Attested: Onno at position 146 in the Ravenna Cosmography.
Where: The Roman fort at Halton Chesters on Hadrian's Wall at NY99746845, suggested by its position in the sequence in the Cosmography. Generally suggested to be the same as Hunno in the Notitia Dignitatum.
Name origin: See about Endlicher's Glossary, which states that onno = flumen, for a likely meaning close to ‘water source’.
Notes This fort is next to a dip containing two springs, from which a small stream now flows gently downhill to join Stagshawbank Burn and formerly supplied water to the big Roman settlement at Corbridge. There may have been some Roman buildings in that area. The wider environment is a ridge of farmland, which is a watershed between, on the north, streams into the river Pont and, on the south, where there is evidence for extramural settlement, Fence Burn flowing towards the river Tyne about 200m to the south. Onno stood in the same relationship to Briga, possibly on the Tyne at Bywell, as Onna did to the other briga in Hampshire.
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