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Walking Britain's Roman Roads

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • History
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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.
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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.
    Recommended

    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

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDan Jones
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