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Roman wall at Verulamium

Roman wall at Verulamium

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15541

Item number: f.36

Length: 18.8

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of part of the Roman wall of Verulamium (also Verlamion or Verulam) near St Albans in Hertfordshire.

Verulamium was settled by the Romans in AD50 and destroyed by Boudica (Boadicea) in AD61. The Romans stayed on and rebuilt the town. A catastrophic fire laid waste to most of it in 155. By 275, Verulamium spanned 82 hectares, surrounded by a wall. This would form the basis of the modern town of St Albans when the Romans finally withdrew around 450.

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