Given my interest in our earlier ancestors, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Romans who invaded and colonised much of England and Wales… but their culture had an undeniable impact on our own and there are many Roman remains still to be found in Britain…even, as Pete shows us, within London itself…
Reblogged from Beetley Pete:
London was founded as a settlement by the Romans, in 43-50 AD. They first bridged the Thames at the shortest point, where the modern day London Bridge now stands. They named it Londinium.
The camp there was later expanded into a busy port, with ships arriving to supply the armies that were intending to conquer the whole island. When their early town was attacked and burned down by the warrior Queen Boudicca, in 61 AD, they rebuilt it, with a stone wall acting as a defence against the warlike English tribes. At its peak, the new city was home to 45,000 inhabitants, making it the largest in Britain.
If you are interested in seeing what remains of the Roman city, there are some established exhibitions. But just wandering around some areas of The City of London will reveal fascinating remains of Roman buildings still standing; former fortifications, places of worship, and living accommodation
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