When you exit London Bridge Underground station to the east en route to the Tower of London, you are confronted by a life-size bronze statue of the Roman Emperor Trajan (AD53-117), standing in front of the largest remaining segment of Roman wall at Trinity Place, Tower Hill. The Roman wall was a defensive exercise, first built by the Romans around Londinium and you can download a map to take you around the still remaining segments left.
The story goes that the statue of Trajan was donated by Rev “Tubby” Clayton, joint founder of nearby All Hallows’ Church – he found it apparently in a Southampton scrapyard and presented it to the Tower Hill Improvement Trust. It was placed here in 1980 – a late 18th century copy of a marble statue in Naples. Trajan is one of the ‘good’ Roman emperors, known for his public building projects. He was succeeded by his adopted son, Hadrian – also associated with walls in the UK!
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