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Ian Stone, historian

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Religious life on the edge of the Roman Empire

The early history of Christianity in Britain is very obscure indeed. We have sources which tell us that there were Christians in Britain as early as the second century AD, but these are problematic texts and who exactly these Christians might have been is far from clear. The population of Roman Britain at that time may have numbered 3 to 4 million people and it...

Lest We Forget? Recovering the story of a little-known memorial

Located on a wall in the north-east corner of Gray’s Inn Chapel, at Gray’s Inn Square, is a small memorial to the men of the 15th and 18th Battalions Royal Welch Fusiliers, aka the 1st and 2nd London Welsh, who were killed during the Great War. In total 4,285 men enlisted in these two battalions, of whom 506 were killed in action or died of...

How did Bucklersbury, London, get its name?

In my previous blog I wrote about the newly re-opened London Mithraeum on Walbrook in the heart of the City of London. Walbrook is so named as it sits almost on top of the now-subterranean river Walbrook, which played an important historical role in dividing medieval London into eastern and western halves. It now plays an equally important role, albeit in a very different way,...