One of Roman London’s most unusual finds is welcoming visitors from this month.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths, which are located in the basement of an office block on Lower Thames Street, will be available for bookings for visits until November.
Discovered in 1848, the remains of the large private residence and its adjoining bathhouse dates from around A.D. 150, after which it was extended, and occupied until the end of the Romans’ occupation of the then Londinium in the early 5th century A.D..
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Preserved as if City archaeologists had just left the site and viewable from walkways a few metres off the ground, visitors can study the remains of the house’s walls and courtyard, as well as the cold room (frigidarium), warm room (tepidarium), and hot room (caldarium) of the baths.
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage, and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said: “Billingsgate Roman House and Baths was a surprising discovery in the late 1840s and in recent years, has proved a popular attraction with history buffs, archaeology students, tourists, and schoolchildren keen to learn more about Roman London.
“We are looking forward to welcoming people from across the capital and beyond, as part of our Destination City programme encouraging even more people back into the City.”
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