Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Calling Up the Past ; SUSAN HAMPSHIRE Goes Roamin' with the Romans in the City of Lincoln

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Calling Up the Past ; SUSAN HAMPSHIRE Goes Roamin' with the Romans in the City of Lincoln

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HAT'S that saying? WRome wasn't built in a day. Hardly surprising really. Because the Romans were pretty busy in Britain. In Lincoln, to be precise.

Originally known as Lindum Colonia, Lincoln's Roman origins can still be seen today at various points across the city.

The new walking Roman Trail, launched earlier this year, is available in a fold-out information sheet or as an excellent digital guide on a smartphone.

Just visit www.visitlincoln.com/trails to pick up your route around Roman Lincoln.

It's hard to imagine that the Emperor Claudius and his army of 40,000 soldiers arrived on Britain's south coast in AD43 and in Lincoln by AD50 to 60.

The Romans built a legionary fortress at the highest point in the area with four gateways: North, South, East and West. From around AD90 this became known as Lindum Colonia, a city full of stone houses, shops, temples and baths - a true model of Roman urbanism.

The central site of the Roman city was the forum and basilica which contained the law courts, civic offices, markets and workshops.

As the city expanded, more walls and gates were built, and part of these can still be seen today.

The city's fascinating new Roman Trail opens up a whole new world to visitors to this magnificent cathedral city.

Roman sights to see include Newport Arch in Bailgate; the outline of a fifth century Roman church at The Church of St Paul in the Bail; the Roman Lower West Gate, which shows part of the city wall and gate dating back to the fourth century; the Roman well and forum in Bailgate - and so much more.

Standing in the city's cathedral quarter, it's a humbling thought that so much happened here so long ago. Roman Lincoln was one of only four cities in Britain with the status of colonia, showing its importance.

During our visit my friend and I explored the Roman Trail, using both our hard map and our phones. How novel to explore such historical ruins with 21st century mobile technology. I wonder what the Romans would have made of it.

The Roman Trail is a fascinating new aspect to visiting Lincoln and certainly makes you think of the city in a different light. …

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