Monument Tube, Fish Street hill exit | Map
Guided by Kevin
Short read: A London Walks walk if there ever was one. London Bridge is not only a charismatic part of London's history and image but is also the key to much of the History of London.
The area has been extensively excavated in modern times. On the north side we explore evidence for the origins of the Bridge, and the early Roman Port of London. Around the Monument we discover the archaeological evidence that gives new details of the events of 1666 and the Great Fire of London.
We then discuss the role of the Bridge as the principal crossing point of the Thames before going south over the Bridge to the Historic Borough of Southwark.
Excavations have shown that this area was as important as the North Bank in the Roman period, and we investigate how the area became depopulated when Roman rule ended.
The Bridge we now know was fundamental to the restoration of London in the 9th Century, and to the vibrant culture in the area that led to the proliferation of Theatres in the Tudor period.
Last but not least, the walk is archaeologist-guided. Now retired, Kevin was a distinguished archaeologist and Curator at the Museum of London.
The Archaeology of London Bridge takes place at 10.45 am on Sunday, July 14. Meet Kevin just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of MonumentTube.
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