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13 July 2014

See Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

A rare opening at a the Billingsgate Roman House and Baths takes place today with the Museum of London as part of the national Festival of Archaeology in the cellar of 101 Lower Thames Street. It is believed that the house was first built in what was then a Thames-side location in the late 2nd century, then expanded with the addition of a bath house in the 3rd century.

These remains are not a new discovery, having been unearthed in 1848 as the Coal Exchange was constructed on this site, and they were protected in the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882, before further discoveries were made as the Coal Exchange and its neighbours were demolished in 1967-70. They are rarely open, and entry is free so if you do have time to head down today between 11am and 4pm you will thank yourself.

For more, see http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/994

^Picture © Michael Jones used under a Creative Commons license^

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