Londinium is to get a strong barrier to protect the town and keep Londoners safe – there are rumours of battles in the north and civil war.
Is all this coming to London? Troubled times have made the authorities compulsorily purchase the land on the route of the wall. Our reporter asked some Londoners what they think of the building of this ring of stone.
Tullia Numidia, freedwoman wants to be safe…
Well I’d certainly like to sleep safely in my bed – I don’t want my throat cut as I sleep! We’re told that this wall will protect us but I worry that it will curb our movements. Will we be able to leave the town?
The town council are being very reticent about it, so is there some sort of hidden agenda?
Aurelia Eucarpia, young mother worries about the cost…
Who’s going to pay for this?
Big high walls don’t come cheap, you know! I’m sure we’ll end up paying for it in our taxes.
Titus Egnatius Tyrannus, local councillor and businessman wonders why now…
I’d like to know why it’s being built now. Are they afraid of civil unrest? There’s been a bit of trouble in some other parts of the Empire – do they think it will rub off on us?
Mind you, some of the soldiers have been drawn off to sort things out on the Continent, so perhaps the wall means that they won’t be back. It’ll certainly keep the builders busy for some time. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, I heard that the wall could take years to build – so what are we meant to do for security in the interim?
Aurelius Saturninus, craftsman appreciates the work involved…
My brother’s a skilled mason. He tells me that the navy has been busy getting in supplies. He’s been busy doing the calculations for how much stone they need.
If a wall is nearly 11 millia pasuum long and over 21 pes high, how many squared blocks of stone do you need? It’s like being back in school – have you got a spare writing tablet? Um, I was never very good at sums!