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London's Past: events 400BC - 1100AD

400 BC Hamlet built near Heathrow.

43 BC Roman army conquers Britain and establishes it as a new province during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Londinium established.

54 BC Julius Caesar visits London.


60 Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni tribe burns down Londinium. Visit a site dedicated to Queen Boudicca at

200 Romans build wall around London with seven entry gates.

240 Londinium established as capital of one of four provinces of Britain.

287 Londinium made capital of Britain; Carausius proclaimed as Emperor.

410 Romans leave Britain.

449 Angles and Saxons invade and settle in Britain.

700 During the 700s the Vikings invade and settle in Britain.

796 London becomes a Royal Residence.

842 Vikings attack and control London.

1016 Until 1066 King Canute (1016-35), and Edward the Confessor (1042-66) reside at Westminster.

1065 Westminster Abbey officially the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster is founded by Edward the Confessor in 1065. Until 1760 most British sovereigns were buried here.

1066 Normans invade Britain; William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy) wins the battle of Hastings and is crowned in Westminster Abbey (1066-87).

1078 Construction of the Tower of London begins. It was a prison (still used during the World War II and a Royal Palace until the time of James I (1603-25).

1086 Domesday Book, the first published survey of England.

1087 William II reigns until 1100.

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