London, England, United Kingdom
This is one of the most impressive surviving section of London's former city wall.
The lower part, with its characteristic tile bonding courses, was built by the Romans around 200 AD. Its purpose may have been as much to control passage of goods and people as for defence. Against its inner face on this side, the wall was reinforced by a substantial earth rampart. Outside was a wide ditch. In the far right hand corner, evidence of an internal turret was found in excavation. This probably contained a staircase giving access to the sentry walk. Complete with its battlements, the Roman wall would have been about 6.4 metres high.
During the medieval period, the wall was repaired and heightened. From the 17th century it fell into disuse and parts were demolished. Several sections, including this one, were preserved by being incorporated into later buildings.
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Statue believed to be of the Roman Emperor Trajan, A.D. 98-117. 'Imperator Caesar Nerva Trajanus
Erected by English Heritage.
Location. 51° 30.593′ N, 0° 4.569′ W. Marker is in London, England. Marker is on Tower Hill. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: London, England EC3N 4DR, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tower Hill Execution Site (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); To The Immortal Memory of Sir William Wallace (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); The Battle of Britain Memorial (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Trial of William Wallace (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); Greenwich Foot Tunnel (approx. 5.4 kilometers away); George Orwell House (approx. 8 kilometers away); House of John Keats (approx. 8.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in London.
Also see . . . History of the London Wall. English Heritage's history of the London Wall: "From its earliest foundation the Roman city of Londinium was almost certainly surrounded by some kind of fortification. As well as providing defence, the construction (Submitted on August 23, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
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