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Our Roman heritage

Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2011 at 6:50 AM

The streets in the City are named after the trades that were based there, so we have Bread Street, Honey Lane, Wood Street, Love Lane (!) etc. I was walking through Ironmonger Lane with a friend when we noticed the door of No. 11 was open. I called out: Roman mosaic! Yes, said the doorman, would you like to see it? We certainly would! He took us down into the basement, through long corridors, not a soul around, and then left us in a room on our own. In the middle of the floor was a glass covering and underneath the most beautiful remnants of a Roman mosaic floor. On the wall was a poster explaining about the excavation. What a wonderful glimpse into a world long gone. This is close to the Guilhall and the Roman Amphiteatre - who lived here? We will never know, but it was a marvellous opportunity for us to catch a glimpse of the past.

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