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Covent Garden - Saxon Lundenwic


During rebuilding work in 1985 archaeologists discovered that it was here in Covent Garden that Saxon Londoners were living and working 1300 years ago.

The Venerable Bede wrote that London was a 'mart of many nations' but archaeologist could find no trace of it in Londinium - the City of London. The discovery of Saxon huts and rubbish pits was enough to prove that just as the Covent Garden Market today attracts people of all nationalities, so it did in the London of the Dark Ages.

Covent Garden was the centre of the market town of Lundenwic with its port nearby at Aldwych. Drury Lane, famous as the birthplace of west end Theatre, was probably laid out at this time as the main road from the north.

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