From the various discoveries made in and its environs, it is evident the Romans frequented and had habitations this side of the Thames; in fact, their principal road from the continent passing through what is now , it is reasonable to suppose they would have a station in a situation where they could command a passage, or more than passage, over so important a river as the Thames, and thus secure the communication between the road leading from their landing-place, in Kent, to that part part of the island which lay on the north side of the river.
of the earliest discoveries on record is by Sir William Dugdale, who says,
Various tiles, &c. were discovered in , in excavating the ground for the erection of a warehouse.
Dean Gale says, that in Fields, many Roman coins, tessellated works, and bricks were found; he himself had a large urn filled with bones, which he purchased of the men who were digging there.
In , a Janus's head was found near St. Thomas's Watering Place; side represented the countenance of a man bearded, with the horns and ears of a ram; a jewel ornament hanging down on each side his head, which was crowned with laurel; on the opposite side was the countenance of a young woman in an ancient head attire, which, at the same, time it covered the head, projected from it. It was entire, and seemed formerly to have been fixed to a square column, or to a terminus. It was a foot and a half high, and was in the possession of Dr. Woodward.
In , a vase and several coins were found in .
Bagford, in his letter to Hearne, the antiquary before quoted, says,
Opposite , in Fields, a great quantity of Roman remains have been discovered at different periods. In , pottery of various kinds, remains of tessellated pavements, some small vases, and a few coins were thrown up. At the back of some Roman tiles were discovered in ; and in making a sewer along , in the years ----, various curious lamps, lachrymatories, small glass vessels, fine coral ware, &c. were found. In the course of the years to , in making various excavations in Church-yard and its neighbourhood, much was discovered; a Mosaic pavement, vase, and unique coin of Antoninus Pius, within the church-yard; and a coin of Alexander Severus, and red stucco-floor, near Cure's College. These are in the possession of G. Gwilt, Esq. F. S. A.
Near Church, in , a portion of the from St. Thomas a Watering to Stangate was discovered, and a coin.
On the north side of , Defoe .seems to consider was a Roman fort or camp. This, in some degree, has been authenticated; for, in digging the foundations of some houses, considerable quantities of the pottery, peculiar to that people, were discovered and thrown up. Amongst them was a small utensil, engraved below, of the size of the original.
The last discovery we have to notice was made in and ; in excavating the foundation of , , a human skeleton, vase, and sepulchral remains were found.
says Dr. Goldsmith,
 Manning and Bray's Surrey, iii. 655.
 History of Embanking, p. 66.
 Harris's Kent, i. 50.
 History of Lambeth, 367.
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|Chapter I: History of London and its environs, from the earliest period of authentic record to the defeat of the Britons by Suetonius|
|Chapter II: Historical account of Roman London, with notices of remains discovered.|
|Chapter III: History of London from the departure of the Romans till the time of the Conquest|
|Chapter IV: History of London from the Conquest to the reign of Henry the Third|
|Chapter V: History of London from the reign of Henry the Third to the reign of Edward the Second|
|Chapter VI: History of London from the reign of Edward the Second to the reign of Richard the Second|
|Chapter VII: History of London from the reign of Henry the Fourth to the reign of Edward the Fourth|
|Chapter VIII: History of London from the reign of Edward the Fourth to the reign of Henry the Eighth|
|Chapter IX: History of London during the reign of Henry the Eighth|
|Chapter X: History of London from the reign of Edward the Sixth to the accession of Elizabeth|
|Chapter XI: History of London, during the reign of Elizabeth.|
|Chapter XII: History of London during the reign of James the First|
|Chapter XIII: History of London during the Reign of Charles the First|
|Chapter XIV: History of London during the Commonwealth and the reign of Charles the Second|
|Chapter XV: History of London during the reign of James the Second|