London Wall, London
Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.Before you head to London, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly London trip builder, to make sure you see all that London has to offer, including London Wall.
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Not a lot of people know that the Romans were the early settlers in this great city and built this wall that was possibly used as a defensive mechanism to protect the port that was strategically impor... read more »
The defensive wall that was built by Romans in the late 2nd century, surrounding the old Londonium, can still be seeing (or its remains) in several parts of the city, especially around the Museum of L... read more »
Tried going to the London Wall based on the location provided. And no London Wall can be found. Probably can find the wall in other locations.
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.
Very good infomatio,good for knowledge very helpful,I have one suggestion if you are able to show the post code of the areas might be very good
The crown jewels are amazing and very interesting history.
The guide tour was excelent.
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