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Tuesday, 08 February 2011
Roman Wall in York

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York has been a fortified City since Roman times (AD 71). The Roman walls survived into the 9th century when York was invaded by the Vikings.  The Vikings buried the existing Roman wall under an earth bank which which they topped with a wooden palisade. The wooden palisade was replaced in the 13th and 14th centuries with the medieval stone walls seen today. According to WIkipedia, York has more miles of surviving city wall than any other place in England.

The sign on the photograph reads:

Roman Wall:
This ancient wall, a portion of the defences of the Legionary Fortress of Eboracum, was built circa 300 AD by the Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus who died in this city in the year 306. He was the father of Constantine the Great.

One shouldn’t take this literally: Constantius is unlikely to have built a wall in his life.

Posted by bigblue on 08/02/2011 at 07:45 AM
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