As part of the Execise for researching the Roman occupation I went to see as many pieces of the London city wall as possible. I saw them out of order but I’m writing them up in the order of the London Wall Walk for a more cohesive picture. If you cant read the text on them you might need to click into the picture to zoom in.
The walk is plotted out on google maps so it was quite easy to follow. I’ve embedded it below (but you can see it large in google maps directly here)
Panel 1 – The Tower, Postern Gate – The ‘start’ of the walk is by the Tower of London
There’s a large panel introducting the walk. If you click on the image above it will allow you open big enough to read the text. Right in front of the panel is this preserved bit of medieval postern. I couldnt see any actual Roman wall here though (and in many places on the walk there is a plague but no wall remains visible).
Panel 2 – Tower Hill, City Wall – up the stairs towards the tube station there is a large section of wall.
It had the usual blue lined panel but also this additional one.
Panel 3 – Cooper’s Row, City Wall – this panel is actually on the reverse side on the wall here if you are coming from the Tower (which might explain why it says not present on the google maps information)
I liked this one because you could actually walk though it. I couldnt see a way to get down to see it at the ‘ground’ level of the wall because seemingly my ground level was half way up. I found it really interesting that for this part of the wall you can really see the different techniques of the Roman and Medieval builders, separated by the red tiles.
On the Tower side (‘inside’ the wall) is this sign.
This part of the wall was quite wide so I tried for a panorama, click it to open it larger:
Between panels 3 and 4 is America Square Conference centre. Its not marked on the walk offically but I know (because of previous company conferences in there) that there is a chunk of wall preserved in the basement and the building has been built around it. I managed to blag my way in to photograph it. Its really interesting to see how modern buildings have to preserve and build around anything like this that they find while excavating a site. Here you can see they’ve made it into a feature with fancy purple lights.
Panel 4 – Emperor House, City Wall – This sign does indeed not appear to be present. I could see no evidence of wall remains either. I suspect it might have been in here where this car is (from the google map marker).
Panel 5 – Aldgate, City Gate – this sign was in accessable (as you can see) due to all the road works on this corner. Couldnt see any evidence of wall anywhere around though. I tried to zoom in on the camera without much success. The write up on the google maps marker provides the information though.
Panel 6 – City Wall – there was apparently a sign down this subway but due to the works in this area it was not accessable.
Panel 7 – Bevis Marks, City Wall – This sign explains the names of local areas, really interesting. No visiable remianing wall though.
Panel 8 – Bishopsgate, City Gate – This panel is no longer present, from what I could tell from the google amps marker it might have been where this very shiney building now is.
Between panel 8 and 9 markers was this church hall and little garden walk though. I’d never been to this bit of the city and found it charming. There also was a very usefual looking map which marks on it existing bits of Roman wall. I’m not sure its completely accurate though as I’ve seen bits of wall on this walk not marked on the map.
Panel 9 – St Botolph, City Wall – This panel was no longer present but I think it must have been where this victorian bathhouse is!
Panel 10 – All Hallows, City Wall – this panel is no longer present but I think it must be here, one can only assume this is the wall because its different to the adjoinging wall but that would be a dangerous assumption. It does have a line of red bricks in it though near the top.
Panel 11 – Moorgate, City Gate – this sign it under the archway of the shops on the corner of moorgate. No visible remains of wall here.
Panel 12- 18: walk still todo & photograph
Panel 12 – St Alphege, City Wall –
Panel 13 – Cripplegate, City Gate –
Panel 14 – City Wall and Towers –
Panel 15 – St Giles Cripplegate, Tower –
Panel 16 – Barber-Surgeons’ Hall, Tower –
Panel 17 – City Wall & Medieval Tower –
Panel 18 – West Gate of Roman Fort –
The sign is all weathered, I couldn’t make out any of it in person but with a bit of post processing some is visible.
At this point it started to rain so I went into the museum.
Panel 19 & 20 – Roman Fort and City Wall
These panels are no longer there but they are both from Noble street and there are whole sections of the wall excavated and annotated with informational plaques. At each plague I took a panorama picture with my phone (here I’m heading the ‘wrong way’ down Noble street from 20 to 19).
This is the end of this bit of the wall (probably where panel 19 would have been).
Panel 21 – Aldersgate, City Gate
I walked back a different route from the museam (via a cafe to get lunch) and saw this bit of the route, its actually the first plaque I saw which started me off hunting down the rest. No visible wall here though.
this little map below is from the square section in the map above.
That is the end of the offical walk. I did see this on the southbank inside the Southwark Catheral lobby (which I visited because its a gothic church, more on that later). So this Catheral is build over two Roman roads even though it’s on the other side of the river.
todo – go back to the catheral and photo the actual wall behind the sign and the roman flooring surrounded by victorian tiles?