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THE BRIDGE AND RAMPARTS OF ROMAN LONDON FROM THE SOUTHWARK BANK-AUGUSTA RECONSTRUCTED FROM THE FINDINGS OF A ROYAL COMMISSION

THE BRIDGE AND RAMPARTS OF ROMAN LONDON FROM THE SOUTHWARK BANK-AUGUSTA RECONSTRUCTED FROM THE FINDINGS OF A ROYAL COMMISSION

The first and most important part of London was the bridge to which a junction road ran from the Watling Street to Dover. The above plan, drawn by a French artist, M. Forestier, from material supplied by the Royal Commission, shows the principal gates and the Fleet or Holebourne river flowing into the Thames, just beyond the wall at Blackfriars. Trade between Britain and the Continent demanded a distributing centre on the Thames estuary, and the lowest point at which the river could be conveniently bridged determined the site of the city. There have been many theories regarding the origin of London. The Royal Commission on Historical Monuments concluded that Augusta, the Roman city, was the first London. The beginnings of that city may have anticipated the actual Roman invasion, for it often happened, as in the case of the British Empire, that the arrival of merchant adventurers preceded the official annexation of new territory. Notice the great basilica and forum, marked on the plan, which stood near the site of the present Leadenhall Market.

Labels, from left to right:

  • Southwark
  • Fleet River at Blackfriars
  • Ludgate
  • Newgate
  • Aldersgate
  • Cripplegate
  • Timber Wharves
  • Basilica and Forum
  • Bishopsgate
  • Aldgate
  • Wardrobe Tower (in Tower of London)

Other pictures from London's Roman Remains


VESTIGES OF THE WALL WHICH THE ROMANS BUILT FOR LONDON

UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESTRUCTION OF LONDON'S ROMAN WALL

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