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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 London, England, 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.
Although the exact reason for the wall's construction is unknown, the wall appears to have been built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century. This was around 80 years after the construction in 120AD 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. Reasons for its construction may have been connected to the invasion of northern Britain by Picts who overran Hadrian's Wall in the 180s. It may be linked to the political crisis that emerged in late 2nd century when the governor of Britain Clodius Albinus was consolidating his power after claiming the right of succession as Roman emperor. After a struggle with his rival, Septimius Severus, Albinus was defeated in 197AD at the Battle of Lugdunum (near Lyon, France). The economic stimulus provided by the wall and Septimius's subsequent campaigns in Scotland improved Londinium's financial prosperity in the early 3rd century.
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  • It's a wall, but an old one. There is a statue of a Roman next to it, and an information board which shows a walk you can do around London to see the other remaining parts. The amazing thing about thi...  more »
  • We found these walls at the exit of the subway London Bridge, are in fairly good condition. Londinium in that time was surrounded by a high wall that protected the Roman city of the inhabitants of Britain. Today we can see remnants which are a small piece of Roma in London. The stones still afoot with 2,000-year-old, are in the basement of the Museum of London, in Tower Hill.
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  • It is not a fascinating site compared to the tower of London. Specially the attention the tower gets, however, the remaining part of the wall is a testament of time. Almost for 1800 years it has been standing there. The small section of the remaining wall presented in such a way that one can see the cross section as well as different layers added in course of time by different people. Though it might not look like something huge today but think about the time was build and you will understand its impact.
  • Do the self-guided walking tour as it's so much fun to "discover" the wall!
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