A Settlement Called Londinium

The Tour

In the year 43 Roman troops arrived in Britain with instructions to subdue the tribes and to bring the island into the Roman Empire. So smoothly did this conquest progress that soon the Emperor Claudius himself arrived in Britain. He accepted the surrender of the tribal chiefs and established a Roman colony at Camulodunum.

Gnaeus Julius Agricola Statue at Bath - A Settlement Called Londinium

Gnaeus Julius Agricola

Boadicea Haranguing The Britons by John Opie - A Settlement Called Londinium

Boudica

Meanwhile, a small settlement called Londinium came into being on the banks of the Tamesis river.

Around the military camp protecting its bridge, traders began to gather. Soon, as a consequence of the growth of trade, this settlement grew in importance. But then the place was burned to the ground.

From those ashes London rose again, growing to become the capital of the Roman province of Britannia. Ironically the importance of Londinium was recognised because of the initial success of the Boudiccan revolt.

Much of Londinium’s story is told through its archaeology. Consequently this tour focuses on a number of places where important archaeology can be seen by the visitor.

The tour recreates the atmosphere of Roman London as it rose to its position of glory.

 

Details – A Settlement Called Londinium

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: outside the Fish Street Hill exit from Monument Underground Station.
Duration: Two Hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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