In Search of Saxon London

Moorgate Underground station, London (West side exit)

Guided by Kevin

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
30 November 2019 Tour du Jour2.30 pm4.30 pm Winter

Short read: The period between the end of Roman Londinium and the Norman Conquest of 1066 has long been controversial. In this walk we explore the evidence for Saxon London, from the Roman Walls to the River Thames and London Bridge.

Long read: The Romans gave the name of Saxons to barbarian pirates that plagued the North Sea region  in the Late Roman Period. Historians link them with the Angles to create the germanic  Anglo-Saxon period of which London was the leading town.   But excavation and DNA analysis make the traditional story more difficult to sustain and although the Anglo-Saxond have a rich history  how much of it can be trusted?  Was there a Dark Age?  When did London recover from the decline and fall of the Roman Empire? How did English become the main language sweeping aside native Celtic languages?   In the streets of the City we will try to glimpse the reality behind the myths.

IN SEARCH OF SAXON LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

In Search of Saxon London takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, November 30. The meeting point is just outside the West Side exit of MoorgateUnderground Station. 

In Search of Saxon London is guided by Kevin Flude, the distinguished emeritus Museum of London Archaeologist.