The Growth of London as a Port from Roman to Medieval Times

A lecture by Gustav Milne, given at the Museum of London on October 17, 2016


When the 58,000 tonne Caledon carried its cargo of South African fruit and wine into the Thames estuary on 6th November 2013, a new chapter in the port of London’s long history began. It was the first ship to berth at London Gateway, the massive container port built for DP World at Thurrock, in Essex. This is some 30 miles east of the ancient City where the first (rather more modest) port had been established some 2,000 years earlier. Londinium’s Roman harbour had waxed and waned between AD50 and AD500, before a new Mid Saxon beach market subsequently developed to the west at Lundenwic, just off the Strand near Aldwych in c. AD 600.
Click here to continue where you will also find a video of the lecture.
In addition a Word transcript and the PowerPoint presentation are  here  .


The soldier in medieval England database

Whilst studying the free Agincourt course I came across this online database containing, amongst other things, the muster rolls of those who fought at Agincourt. Interesting stuff.


How to use the database

  1. Click on the database link.
  2. You will see several search boxes. Enter ‘swale’ (no quotes) as a Surname and 1415 in both Year from  & Year to; press Search and you should get one entry – an archer. Was he from Swaledale?
  3. Try experimenting with the database by altering your search terms to put in name, date or rank, or a mixture of terms.


Free online course – Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Future Learn offer a number of free online courses  -MOOCs – Multiple Open Online Courses – often delivered by Universities. I have done three of these including one of the life and times of Richard III and another on the Battle of Agincourt.

The ‘Health & Wellbeing in the Ancient World’ course, offered by the Open University,  begins on 6th February looks intersting. It is in six parts each nominally requiring 3 hours but you can do as much or as little as you like; for more information see