Roman Walls of London

Old Walls
@Ronrybs (16043)
London, England
August 4, 2022 2:25pm CST
The Roman conquest of Britain began in 43AD, with Londinium being established as port and major city. It wasn’t until the about 100AD that a work on a wall began. A little late as the Boudica uprising took place in 60-61AD and the city being indefensible was abandoned to be looted and burned, by the rampaging Iceni tribe. The wall was completed, along with a fort that was home to a garrison of 1000 legionnaires, around 200AD. The wall was maintained over the following centuries, with extra height and towers being added. The wall limited growth within the city, so with space at premium houses were built into the very fabric of the wall. With the pressure of an expanding city, in 1760 demolition work began on the wall and gates, which continued into the 19 century. Sections of wall were hidden by housing and other building work, until World War 2 and bomb damage revealed the remaining walls leading to their preservation. The pictures don’t real do justice to the wall, so I have put together a video to give a better idea. https://youtu.be/soBskXwOm3o
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@DaddyEvil (88581)
• United States
4 Aug
A very interesting tour. Thank you for doing that for us.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
I enjoy doing these tours and have been to that underground car park several times, as well as Tower Hill and Noble St.
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@DaddyEvil (88581)
• United States
5 Aug
@Ronrybs Do you do other tours in London? I only know stuff that's taught in school, which isn't a lot, and the things our friends on myLot tell me about.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
@DaddyEvil Indeed I do and there are some in my back discussions on myLot. It is only recently that I've started making the videos, so if anyone is interested they can see some more
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@snowy22315 (140796)
• United States
4 Aug
Very interesting, I have been in London, but didn't know anything about this.
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@snowy22315 (140796)
• United States
5 Aug
@Ronrybs So historic! I went to Bath when I was in England, and I know they have of that kind of thing there, although I don't remember the specifics. Bath was very crowded when I was there.. In the tourist areas at least. Everybody was at the pools.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
@snowy22315 I like Bath, but haven't visited the Roman Baths. I hope to get there again and take my bike along. There are some interesting bike trails there and one of the longest bike tunnels in the UK. It used to be a railway tunnel.
@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
Some are pretty well hidden, like the car park, but once you know where to go they are easy enough to find
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@JudyEv (283346)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
I loved the part of the wall where the rounded stones were separated by layers of flat stones. The Romans went far and wide, didn't they? I know one was made 'Emperor' when he was in York!
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@JudyEv (283346)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
@Ronrybs There were also some panels round a small area in the middle of Vienna where some Roman remains had been found during roadworks - not human remains but parts of a wall or perhaps it was paving.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
@JudyEv In Europe you only need to scratch the surface to find the fascinating archeological evidence. There are all kinds of tales of things found
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
Indeed, towards the end of the Empire it divided into three 'Empires' and of course the first thing they did was fight each other for the other bits! The architecture was quite fascianting
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@Kandae11 (47301)
4 Aug
Awesome! Those walls were built such a long time ago.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
I am glad they survived. There are more fragments out there I intend to track down
@CarolDM (188080)
• United States
4 Aug
Wow sounds beautiful. Thanks for the link.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
It is quite impressive! Just think of the effort to transport, dress and position the stone, then you repeat over and over again!
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
10 Aug
@CarolDM Yes, you can see why it took so long!
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@CarolDM (188080)
• United States
9 Aug
@Ronrybs Wow that is a huge effort.
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@luisga814 (4997)
• Quezon City, Philippines
4 Aug
Thanks for sharing with this. I have no info about this wall.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
4 Aug
Sadly there are fragments of it left standing, but it is fascinating. If you have time, do have a look at the video, a much better view
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@luisga814 (4997)
• Quezon City, Philippines
4 Aug
@Ronrybs Yes. I will. Thanks.
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@sjvg1976 (35585)
• Delhi, India
6 Aug
Thanks for sharing it. I didn't know about it.
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@sjvg1976 (35585)
• Delhi, India
6 Aug
@Ronrybs yes we have lots of historical places in our country like his.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
6 Aug
I would say you have plenty of similarly interesting places in your part of the world!
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@RebeccasFarm (67998)
• United States
5 Aug
Super Ron thanks very much for sharing this with us. Now and how long that took the demolition...17th to 19th century!
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• United States
6 Aug
@Ronrybs Oh yes I am sure
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
Just a little bit at a time, I am sure the stones were robbed out and used in other buildings
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@LeaPea2417 (34515)
• Toccoa, Georgia
4 Aug
That's interesting. I never knew that.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
There are all kinds of bits and pieces in the city. I do love tracking them all down!
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@LadyDuck (401475)
• Switzerland
5 Aug
Thank you for the video, I am always interested to see what the ancient Romans did. If they could do the same in our days it would be wonderful.
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@LadyDuck (401475)
• Switzerland
6 Aug
@Ronrybs I am sure you are right. Now buildings are not very good, particularly in Rome, the most corrupted city of Italy. Non surprising as the Italian government is in Rome.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
Today's costs would be astronomical, I suppose slave labour kept the prices down!
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
6 Aug
@LadyDuck I feel that way about our lot in London!
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@cacay1 (73742)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Aug
It's historic. That was during the Roman Empire Romans patterned their architecture from Greeks. It's nice to read during the time of Constantine
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
6 Aug
Indeed, they also made it imposing in their own way!
@Metsrock69 (2571)
• United States
4 Aug
It looks like it has good history
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
5 Aug
Indeed, there is quite a lot and you can spend ages walking around trying to find it all. I intend to track down the other bits of Roman Wall as well
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@LouAvul (303)
10 Aug
Thanks for the history.
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@Ronrybs (16043)
• London, England
10 Aug
It is something I like to do and tell others about.
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