London, England, GBR - August 11, 2003 -- This is one of the most impressive surviving sections of London's former city wall.  The lower part, with its characteristic tile bonding courses, was built by the Romans around 200 AD.  Its purpose may have been as much to control the passage of goods and people as for the defense.  Against its inner face, on this side, the wall was reinforced by a substantial earth rampart.  Outside was a wide ditch.  In the far right hand corner, evidence of an internal turret was found in excavation.  This probably contained a staircase giving access to the sentry walk.  Complete with its battlements, the Roman wall would have been about 6.4 metres high.  During the medieval period, the wall was repaired and heightened.  From the 17th century it fell into disuse and parts were demolished.  Several sections, including this one, were preserved by being incorporated into later buildings..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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London, England, GBR - August 11, 2003 -- This is one of the most impressive surviving sections of London's former city wall. The lower part, with its characteristic tile bonding courses, was built by the Romans around 200 AD. Its purpose may have been as much to control the passage of goods and people as for the defense. Against its inner face, on this side, the wall was reinforced by a substantial earth rampart. Outside was a wide ditch. In the far right hand corner, evidence of an internal turret was found in excavation. This probably contained a staircase giving access to the sentry walk. Complete with its battlements, the Roman wall would have been about 6.4 metres high. During the medieval period, the wall was repaired and heightened. From the 17th century it fell into disuse and parts were demolished. Several sections, including this one, were preserved by being incorporated into later buildings..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 11 Aug 2003
Location: London England Great Britain
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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