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Kids take on the Romans in set to by the Tower of London

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:15 05 October 2010

Kids getting into a Roman London way of life

Kids getting into a Roman London way of life

Carmen Valino

CHILDREN went back in time today and spent the morning in one of the dodgier corners of Roman London. They took part in a history project at All Hallows-by-The-Tower which reverted to its 2,000-year-old identity when a Roman villa occupied the site

By Mike Brooke

CHILDREN went back in time today and spent the morning in one of the dodgier corners of Roman London.

They took part in a history project at All Hallows-by-The-Tower church which reverted to its 2,000-year-old identity, to the time when a Roman villa occupied the site opposite where the Tower of London now stands.

The 30 youngsters from Hackney's Grasmere Primary School took became 'Roman Londoners' and encountered characters of the time, including a Centurion in full armour.

They had to decide whether to join in a native uprising of ancient Britons against the Roman rulers of the time.

The 'props' were real enough, as the children were able to walk on the floor of the original Roman villa which survives to this day beneath All Hallow's, 9ft below the level of the modern Byward Street at Tower Hill.

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