Monday, August 3, 2015

Leicester - Roman past

There is also a strong Roman presence in Leicester. The best example is Jewry Wall. It has been dated to 125 to 130 AD so is almost 2,000 years old. The wall was one wall of the baths, the foundations of which have been excavated.
The paths between the rows of stones show the width of the original walls.
For centuries after the Romans left Britain the stone from many of the buildings was incorporated into the construction of other buildings including at least one of the walls of St Nicholas Church next to Jewry Wall.
Bricks were used with stone to provide additional support to the structure as can be seen from this close-up of the wall.
During the day it is possible to walk around the site and also to visit the Jewry Wall Museum which shows not just the history of Roman Leicester but also provides an outline of Leicester's history from the Iron Age until today.

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