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Billingsgate Bath House

Billingsgate Roman House & Baths

A reconstruction of the Roman House and Baths in Lower Thames Street (Museum of London). The site was excavated in 1848 and 1968–71. The bathhouse was in a court, surrounded on three sides by a 2nd-century house set into the hillside.

29th August 2017

Beneath the Square Mile of the City lies a rich Roman history which has survived 2000 years of building, fires and bombings. Lower Thames Street is home to one of Roman London’s most fascinating remains. The Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse was discovered in 1848, and is now open for public inspection. Explore this fascinating insight into ancient life in the City on a 60min guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman Bathhouse which lies hidden beneath office buildings.

When: 10am, 12.30pm, from 19 August 2017 to 26 November 2017.

Admission £8 (£6 concs). Please book in advance at Museum of London: Billingsgate Roman House & Baths

CoLAT places major study of London’s waterfront online

CoLAT has now placed on its website the text and figures of a major archaeological and historical study, London’s Waterfront 1100–1666, by John Schofield, Lyn Blackmore and Jacqueline Pearce with Tony Dyson. This can be found at London’s Waterfront. It presents excavations by the Museum of London in the medieval waterfront area of the City of London south of Thames Street in 1974 to 1984.

This is a new form of archaeological publishing. The large report and its illustrations form the main online element; the current edition is of June 2017. This can be cited as an academic work by researchers, but will probably be added to and refined in the future as further research is done. Also online here are supporting files which encourage and enable researchers to examine the archaeological data, of buildings, waterfronts and finds, to undertake their own research. There is also a link to a 50-minute BBC programme made about the Billingsgate excavation, broadcast in 1983. CoLAT hopes that all this is an archaeological resource which will be used by others, and so it will grow.

At the same time, conventional publishing in paper and ebook form is being discussed with the publisher Archaeopress. Because of the volume of the existing report, with its illustrations and many tables, the conventional report may have to be only the majority of the primary text. The online version will in any case remain for consultation.

Have a look and see what you think.

CoLAT is consulted on City of London planning policies

London will be a more attractive world financial centre if it is seen to look after its historic buildings, monuments and evidence of its past. CoLAT is now regularly consulted by the City of London on proposed changes and improvements to all kinds of policies concerning the City, but especially on archaeology, conservation and the environment. Recent consultations have been about several Conservation Areas, the City churchyards and the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) about the conservation and management of Leadenhall Market. By making its comments, CoLAT helps to find ways to integrate the City’s historic assets into the modern townscape.

New book on St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral: Archaeology And History.

The cover of St Paul's Cathedral: Archaeology And History. View the cover at full resolution

The Secretary of CoLAT, John Schofield, is also Cathedral Archaeologist for St Paul's Cathedral. In 2016 he published St Paul's Cathedral: Archaeology And History with Oxbow Books.

This is a study of the Wren building, from the start of its construction in 1675 up to the early 21st century. Archaeology, conservation, and engineering aspects are covered.

CoLAT welcomes new historic plaque

Cover of The Roads to Rome walking guide.

The Eleanor Cross memorial stone. View the memorial stone at full resolution

In 2015 the Corporation of London placed an inscribed memorial stone on the ground surface on the churchyard of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside. This commemorates the Eleanor Cross of 1291-4, a notable medieval monument which stood nearby in the centre of Cheapside until its destruction in 1643. Parts of the Cross are on display in the Museum of London. CoLAT welcomes this development of a network of plaques and monumental memorials which is crystallising in the historic City of London. Nearby is a larger example, the outline of most of the 14th-century cloister and octagonal chapter house of St Paul's Cathedral, south of the nave of the Wren building.

Rosemary Green Grant

CoLAT has awarded the Rosemary Green Grant, comprising £80,000 over three years, to Jelena Beklavac and her team at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology of the Museum of London, for the project The impact of industrialisation on London health. This is the largest single grant ever awarded by CoLAT, and derives from a substantial bequest made to the Trust by Miss Rosemary Green. For details of the winning project, see the Rosemary Green Grant page.

CoLAT produces a guide to a walk round the Roman City of London, in partnership with the Corporation of London

Cover of The Roads to Rome walking guide.

The Roads to Rome walking guide. View the cover at full resolution

CoLAT and the Corporation of London have produced a short guide to a walk around the City of London, evoking some of its Roman highlights. This is one of a series being produced by the Corporation to encourage exploration of the City. The Trust's Secretary John Schofield provided the text and designed the walk. The 14-page folding leaflet is available free from the City's Information Centre in St Paul's Churchyard; and is available to download (PDF, 2.9Mb).