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Roofing services in City of London including flat roofing, tiled roofing, slate roofing - City of London Roofer T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd

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Some City of London History

It used to be widely held that Londinium was first established by merchants as a trading port on the Thames in around 47 AD, during the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain. The Romans have left no record of when or how the City of London was founded and the first time they mention the City of London is in the annals of Tacitus in 61 AD, when he relates how Londinium was among a group of important cities sacked by the Iceni, led by their queen, Boudica.

Many historians now believe the City of London was founded some time before the Roman conquest of Britain in 43 AD. They base this notion on evidence provided by both archaeology and legend. Archaeologists have claimed that as much as half of the best British Iron Age art and metalwork discovered in Britain has been found in the City of London area. One of the most prominent examples is the Waterloo Helmet that was dredged from the Thames in the early 1860s and now exhibited at the British Museum.

Also, according to legend, a king named Lud son of Heli substantially enlarged and improved a pre-existing settlement in the City of London which afterwards came to be renamed after him. The same tradition relates how this Lud son of Heli was later buried at Ludgate.

After the conquest the Romans developed the settlement and port, with its centre roughly where the shallow stream the Walbrook met the Thames. After the City of London had been destroyed by Boudica in 60 AD it was entirely rebuilt as a planned settlement, and the new walled town was prosperous and grew to become the largest settlement in Roman Britain by the end of the 1st century. By the beginning of the 2nd century, Londinium had replaced Camulodunum, now Colchester as the capital of Roman Britain.

At its height, the City of London had a population of approximately 45,00060,000. The Romans built the London Wall some time between 190 and 225 AD. The boundaries of the Roman city were similar to those of the City of London today, though Londinium did not extend further west than Ludgate or the Fleet, and the mid-estuary Thames was undredged and wider than it is today thus, the City's shoreline was north of its present position. The Romans built a bridge across the river, as early as 50 AD, near to today's London Bridge.

By the time the London Wall was constructed, the City of London fortunes were in decline, and it faced problems of plague and fire. The Roman Empire entered a long period of instability and decline, including the Carausian Revolt in Britain. In the 3rd and 4th centuries, the city was under attack from Picts, Scots, and Saxon raiders. The decline continued, both for Londinium and the Empire, and in 410 AD the Romans withdrew entirely from Britain. Many of the Roman public buildings in Londinium by this time had fallen into decay and disuse, and gradually after the formal withdrawal the city became almost uninhabited. The centre of trade and population moved away from the walled Londinium to Lundenwic, a settlement to the west, roughly in the modern day Strand, Aldwych or Covent Garden area.

T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd are based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and cover North London, the Home Counties and all surrounding areas.

We are equipped to cater for all your roofing requirements, our services include:

  • Any new roof work and repair work
  • Domestic and commercial roofing services
  • Slating and tiling
  • Flat roofs (single ply membrane and high-performance torch-on felt)
  • Lead work, Bays, valleys, parapets, flashings and box gutters
  • Cement work (verges and chimney stacks)
  • Fascias, soffits and guttering
  • Insurance work
  • Repairs and maintenance such as slipped slates, broken tiles, leaking gutters and overhauls.

We also have public liability insurance and our staff are all fully qualified, so you can rest assured that you are dealing with a reputable company. Thanks to our many years of experience we have amassed a large base of satisfied customers. Many of our past customers are so happy with our work they recommend our services to their friends and family. Our customers recognise that we are a company that can be trusted to complete the job to a high standard and within the set timescale.

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