Roman Wall, Barbican
a.d 50 Londinium founded by the Romans.
First bridge across the river Thames.
a.d 60 Boudicca (Queen of the Iceni) revolts & burns London.
a.d 61 Romans start rebuilding the city.
a.d 70 Amphitheatre built (remains under today’s Guildhall Yard).
a.d 80-125 Forum & Basilica built.
a.d 200 Romans build defensive wall around the city against threat of attack.
a.d 290 London Mint in production.
a.d 368 Londinium renamed Augusta.
a.d 410 Rome falls to the Goths, Romans abandon Londinium (Augusta).
a.d 457 Anglo/Roman army suffers defeat & retreat within the city walls.
Historical dark period, no news of the city or its inhabitants (if any) until the Saxons arrive.
a.d 600’s Saxons build a new London outside the city walls, and call it Lundenwic. It
covers, East to West, from today’s Aldwych to Charing Cross, and from Covent
Garden down to the Thames, North to South.
a.d 604 St.Paul’s Cathedral built & Mellitus appointed Archbishop of London.
840’s-880’s Danish Vikings attack Lundenwic repeatedly over this period.
The Saxons lose and then regain Control.
a.d 886 King Alfred tires of Viking attacks and retreats back inside the walls of the old city (now
called Lundenberg). The two saxon settlements are now Lundenwic (outside the walls)
and Lundenberg (within the walls).