Return to Roman Ruins in Britain


It was at the lowest suitable bridging point of the Thames, at the upper tidal limit of the river, that Londinium was founded in AD 43. The town soon became the most populous in Roman Britain. Although destroyed in the Boudican revolt of AD 60/61, it quickly was rebuilt, very likely as the capital of the province, with a large basilica and offices for the procurator. The cult of the emperor also was transferred from Colchester to London.

This history can be seen in the Roman London Gallery at the Museum of London and the Weston Gallery of Roman Britain (Rm. 49) at the British Museum.

Nearby, too, is the Roman villa at Lullingstone.