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London Wall, London

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London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium, their strategically important port town on the River Thames in what is now the United Kingdom, and subsequently maintained until the 18th century.It is now the name of a road in the City of London running along part of the course of the old wall between Wormwood Street and the Rotunda junction where St. Martin's Le Grand meets Aldersgate Street. Until the later Middle Ages the wall defined the boundaries of the City of London.Construction of the Roman wallThe wall appears to have been built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century, certainly between 190 and 225, and probably between 200 and 220. This was around 80 years after the construction in 120 of the city's fort, whose north and west walls were thickened and doubled in height to form part of the new city wall. It continued to be developed until at least the end of the 4th century, making it among the last major building projects undertaken by the Romans before the Roman departure from Britain in 410.Although the exact reason for the wall's construction is unknown, it may have been connected to the invasion of northern Britain by Picts who overran Hadrian's Wall in the 180s. Alternatively, many historians link the building of London Wall with the political crisis that had emerged in the 190s when two men – Septimius Severus, and the governor of Britain Clodius Albinus – claimed the right to succession as emperor. The wall may have been constructed on the orders of Albinus in the 190s, who, in a power struggle with his rival, may have felt the need to protect his capital. Septimius eventually defeated his rival in 197.
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  • We were in The City and happened upon The London Museum and the Wall. Both great finds which add to the whole piece of London history. We walked through and by the Wall and saw The City financial dist...  more »
  • I struggle with this one because it's not the most fun thing to tour when it's pouring out or too cold, which was the case the last time I went with a friend. It's not cheap, either, so you don't want...  more »
  • Take a walk around the historical Roman ruins of the London Wall. Gotta love how it has been incorporated into buildings and modern structures. 
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  • Great place to walk around and take in the history of the original city of London. £25 to enter the Tower of London.
  • One of the few bits of Roman London left worth looking at and of course free
  • I walked the wall in Spring break in 1963 with my Uncle Joe Chance he was better than any tour guide he was an ace at History and he took me to Tower of London Hampton Court Buckingham Palace Windsor Castle Albert Hall Speakers Corner Trafalgar Square Picadilly Circus all the famous sights and 88 bus tour on top it was fascinating he was the trigger for my love of English History and Geography
  • Great for walk even without going inside (what is of course recommended at least once). It is great to see very old parts of London next to modern buildings.
  • "It's massive city wall"? Come on Historic UK, get your grammar right.