Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Billingsgate Roman House and Baths The Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse was discovered in 1848, and is now open to the public every Saturday from April to November on pre-booked tours.

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Archaeological archives are full of objects. Here’s one of our favourites – a brooch that was dropped on the ruins of ou...
09/04/2021

Archaeological archives are full of objects. Here’s one of our favourites – a brooch that was dropped on the ruins of our site in around AD 450 #Archive30

Archaeological archives are full of objects. Here’s one of our favourites – a brooch that was dropped on the ruins of our site in around AD 450 #Archive30

Here’s a beautiful fragment of a drinking vessel in the Museum of London Archaeology archive from our site #Archive30
07/04/2021

Here’s a beautiful fragment of a drinking vessel in the Museum of London Archaeology archive from our site #Archive30

An unusual item in our archive at the Museum of London Archaeology Archive is a wooden stopper from a bottle. Wooden ite...
06/04/2021

An unusual item in our archive at the Museum of London Archaeology Archive is a wooden stopper from a bottle. Wooden items don't often get preserved except on wet sites like ours, which is very close to river level. #Archive30

Our archive is split partially in our building and partially in the Museum of London Archaeology archive.
01/04/2021

Our archive is split partially in our building and partially in the Museum of London Archaeology archive.

Before the end of #WomensHistoryMonth read an article by one of our great volunteers about the evidence for women’s live...
30/03/2021
Our City Together | Inspire | We uncover the stories of women in the ancient Roman world revealing an existence of fortitude, willingness and determination.

Before the end of #WomensHistoryMonth read an article by one of our great volunteers about the evidence for women’s lives in the Roman world. https://www.ourcitytogether.london/inspire/the-role-of-women-in-the-ancient-roman-world

Actresses, doctors, calligraphers and wives. Roman women took on many roles in an ancient society whilst still being deemed as the lesser s*x.

24/03/2021

Clocks go forward this weekend. For the inhabitants of Londinium, the sun would instead continue to rise earlier and earlier. Should we still keep daylight saving?

19/03/2021

The Roman spring festival of Minerva, Quinquatria, started on 19th March and may have involved plays, feasting and gladiator displays. How do you celebrate the spring?

This article was written by one of our wonderful volunteers about the evidence for women's lives in the Roman world, inc...
18/03/2021
Our City Together | Inspire | We uncover the stories of women in the ancient Roman world revealing an existence of fortitude, willingness and determination.

This article was written by one of our wonderful volunteers about the evidence for women's lives in the Roman world, including Roman London. https://www.ourcitytogether.london/inspire/the-role-of-women-in-the-ancient-roman-world

Actresses, doctors, calligraphers and wives. Roman women took on many roles in an ancient society whilst still being deemed as the lesser s*x.

Which book are you looking forward to reading? Rebecca Stott’s book set in our house after the end of the Roman occupati...
11/03/2021
Our City Together | The Work of Giants | Writing a novel set in Londinium, 500AD

Which book are you looking forward to reading? Rebecca Stott’s book set in our house after the end of the Roman occupation in AD 500 is published next year and we can't wait to read it! Find out more about it here. https://www.ourcitytogether.london/do/the-work-of-giants-rebecca-stott

Novelist and historian Rebecca Stott, winner of the Costa Prize for Biography 2017 for her memoir In the Days of Rain, talks about writing her latest novel set

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09/03/2021
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Billingsgate Roman House and Baths and Dr Rebecca Redfern from Museum of London uncover the evidence for the lives of women in Roman London in a new talk. Looking at tombstones, wax tablets from Bloomberg and the human remains of women themselves!
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Video premiering at 2pm today! #InternationalWomensDay
#WomensHistoryMonth

http://ow.ly/AmQc50DR6mN

04/03/2021

It’s #WorldBookDay! What’s your favourite book set in the Roman world?

A series of heroes saved our site from deterioration, including the London Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Dr Jane Sidel...
25/02/2021
Our City Together | Cleaning the Bath: Conservation at Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

A series of heroes saved our site from deterioration, including the London Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Dr Jane Sidell, who advises us still on conservation at the site. Hear about the job she does in the video. Who are your heritage heroes? https://www.ourcitytogether.london/do/cleaning-the-bath-conservation

Learn about conservation efforts that prevent environmental damage at Billingsgate Bathhouse, an 1800-yr-old Roman archaeological site near the River Thames.

A series of heroes saved our site from destruction and deterioration, including the volunteers of the City of London Exc...
23/02/2021

A series of heroes saved our site from destruction and deterioration, including the volunteers of the City of London Excavation Group under Peter Marsden in 1967-70 and a team from the Department of Urban Archaeology, later Museum of London Archaeology, under Peter Rowsome in 1987-90. There are links to their articles about the site in the London Archaeologist in the comments. Who are your heritage heroes?

A series of heroes saved our site from destruction, including Mr Bunning the City architect in 1848 when the bathhouse w...
17/02/2021

A series of heroes saved our site from destruction, including Mr Bunning the City architect in 1848 when the bathhouse was first discovered. Who are your heritage heroes?

14/02/2021
Happy Valentine's Day

Hearts being made from building blocks on a background of a Roman tesselated floor at Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

It was on this day in 1848 that the article about the discovery of our site appeared in the Illustrated London news alon...
05/02/2021

It was on this day in 1848 that the article about the discovery of our site appeared in the Illustrated London news alongside this painting of the site.

Make a Roman gatehouse using this pattern from our friends atGuildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre or ma...
03/02/2021

Make a Roman gatehouse using this pattern from our friends at
Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre or make your own Roman building for our Building Londinium challenge.https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/assets/Things-to-do/make-your-own-roman-gateway.pdf

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29/01/2021
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If you've ever crossed paths with a book about #RomanLondon there is a high chance you've seen an illustration by Judith Dobie. Judith works for Historic England and shes created a reconstruction of our site Billingsgate Roman House and Baths 🏛️

Watch the video here! http://ow.ly/B0an50DcmWt
#OurCityTogether

Cats and dogs left pawprints on these tiles as they were drying before being fired. What naughty thing has your cat or d...
26/01/2021

Cats and dogs left pawprints on these tiles as they were drying before being fired. What naughty thing has your cat or dog got up to?

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for figurative mosaics at our site (though we do need to get into the archive to c...
22/01/2021

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for figurative mosaics at our site (though we do need to get into the archive to confirm this), only red tessellated floors, like this one in the frigidarium.

We have recently had a question about the reconstruction of the bathhouse from the Welwyn Archaeological Society - wheth...
21/01/2021

We have recently had a question about the reconstruction of the bathhouse from the Welwyn Archaeological Society - whether the barrel vault over the bathhouse was external as shown in our reconstruction drawing or internal under a pitched roof. The idea of the external barrel vault may have been propagated from early reconstruction images based on surviving bathhouses at Leptis Magna in Libya. But would the barrel vault have needed a pitched roof in rainy Britannia?

We need to go back to the archive at the Museum of London, but there is some tantalising written evidence sent to us from colleagues there that both voussoir (vaulting) tiles and tegulae and imbrices (pitching tiles) were found on the frigidarium floor. So... back to the drawing board?

20/01/2021
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Here’s a gift from us to teachers. A new Amazing Artefacts quiz about artefacts from our site that you could run on a video call or on the whiteboard when you’re back in the classroom.
https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/assets/Things-to-do/amazing-artefacts-quiz-final.pdf

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found you on youtube! I worked as a volunteer in the mid 60s at this site and others-this was my first. i was only in the 8th grade-my father worked for us government-we were there 4 years, lived in golders green.nw11 -by the time we left i had learned a lot. i went to alabama after london-did prehistoric archeology in montgomery with montgomery museum-then at university i studied anthropology/urban planning Came back to uk-durham U, van mildert college -did a year there-then a year of crm/archeology-universityy of tennessee-grad work. i had a ba -anthropology u of md usa) then acted on my inspiration in london-formed COLAS city of laurel maryland's first official archeologist-/survey team.-i created it. goes to show-lots of things can grow from ancient dust. Lots of billingsgate stories-eels,tea,demolition and traveling home sundays on the tube-slimey black dirty-receiving offers for assistance...then also walks on river mud...keep up the good work! so very important!
Just watched the video tour . Fascinating, thankyou for sharing it !