Just over two thousand and sixty-five years ago, Julius Caesar invaded Britain. His hope of converting the locals to the joys of central heating and very straight roads did not enjoy instant fulfilment and he was unceremoniously turfed off the south coast. Just 88 years later, the Romans were back and Britain was never quite the same again ...
Here are just some examples of what they left behind:
Hadrian's Wall (above - more pics later)
Cardiff Castle (below)
York city walls
Roman Baths, err, Bath
Verulamium (now: St Albans)
Fishbourne Palace, West Sussex
Welwyn Baths, Hertfordshire
Chester Roman Gardens
And back to Hadrian's Wall
And no, not a selfie!
London Roman Wall (Londinium)
Caerleon amphitheatre, South Wales (then: Isca)
And back to those roads:
In the Roman era, people travelled on horseback, in carts pulled by oxen or on foot. Before, Britain had no proper roads. All those built were remarkably straight. (They twigged the shortest distance from one place to another is a straight line though there was a bit of zigzag-cheating sometimes, to make going uphill easier).
They built their roads on foundations of clay, chalk and gravel, placing bigger flat stones on top. The road sloped from the middle to ditches either side, so rain water drained off - as in this photo:
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