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Walking Britain's Roman Roads

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • History

Summary

Documentary series following the people working round the clock on Britain's longest and most iconic road as they strive to keep traffic moving and the public safe.

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Episode 1: Watling Street

Summary

Dan Jones explores Britain's Roman roads, beginning with the country's oldest and longest, which runs from the Kent coast to Shropshire and passes through key sites of Emperor Claudius' invasion and Boudicca's rebellion

Review

When the invading Romans were building Watling Street through Kent their first major obstacle was the River Medway at Rochester. Little now remains of the road or the bridge there – or does it? In 2016 building work in a shop basement uncovered something extraordinary: ancient paving stones beneath the floor – a stretch of the 2000-year-old road that these days supports a tattoo artist’s chair.

Dan Jones visits that and other points of interest in the course of his history lesson. We also witness the workings of a groma, the simple but effective surveying instrument – lead weights hanging from crosspieces – that Roman builders used to ensure streets joined at right angles.

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  • Episode 1

    Watling Street

    Summary

    Dan Jones explores Britain's Roman roads, beginning with the country's oldest and longest, which runs from the Kent coast to Shropshire and passes through key sites of Emperor Claudius' invasion and Boudicca's rebellion

    Review

    When the invading Romans were building Watling Street through Kent their first major obstacle was the River Medway at Rochester. Little now remains of the road or the bridge there – or does it? In 2016 building work in a shop basement uncovered something extraordinary: ancient paving stones beneath the floor – a stretch of the 2000-year-old road that these days supports a tattoo artist’s chair.

    Dan Jones visits that and other points of interest in the course of his history lesson. We also witness the workings of a groma, the simple but effective surveying instrument – lead weights hanging from crosspieces – that Roman builders used to ensure streets joined at right angles.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterDan Jones
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