Roman heritage in London

The Roman Wall at Tower Hill, London (2015). © David Gill

 One of the best preserved sections of the Roman wall surrounding Londinium can be found at Tower Hill (just next to Tower Hill underground station). This formed the eastern side of the city near to the Thames (and by the Tower of London, just off the picture to the right). They were probably constructed at the end of the second century AD; the upper section is medieval. The terminus post quem is provided by a coin of 183/4 predating the wall’s construction. The construction appears to have been completed by c. 210, again through numismatic evidence. Overall the wall was approximately 3 km in length. It may have stood as high as 6 m. The wall was constructed from ragstone that was shipped via the river Medway.

The wall is under the guardianship of English Heritage.

The Roman wall at Tower Hill (2015) © David Gill

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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