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Turn right up Snow Hill to Newgate St and at St Bartholomew's hospital you are now at the position of Aldersgate Make your way to London Wall (Street) and walk east, close to Moorgate tube station then Bishopsgate (street) towards Houdsditch (street) and cross Aldgate High Street and south towards the Tower of London down The Minories (street). Many of the Roman London houses and the city wall were built of "Ragstone" which was quarried about 30 miles to the east of London at Maidstone in Kent.
An easy passage by ship down the river Medway and up the Thames.
Silver coins were also minted in London (then called Lundenwic by the Saxon inhabitants).
This little cosy scene was catastrophically changed with the arrival of 350 Danish Viking ships in the Thames in about AD 842.
The containers would have been the typical earthenware jars of the day called Amphorae.
They also imported bronze ornaments, pottery, glass and millstones.London Wall was the northern boundary and over a bridge (on the site of present day London Bridge) to present day Southwark described the city limits in the south .Hence the area north of the Thames was approximately ½ mile north south and just over a mile east west.Walking west from present day St Paul's Cathedral the road drops away steeply to Ludgate Circus and it is easy to imagine a large river infront of you before the bank rises steeply on the other side to a road now called Fleet street.Indeed the river is still flowing but in a tunnel under the street After only a few years of Roman occupation, when the town had no protective walls a local British Queen "Boudicca", from East Anglia, burnt the place to the ground!For those who know London this area would obviously have made a good port with immediate access to high dry ground.