Crockham Hill CE Primary School
What did the Romans Do for Us?
The Romans brought many things to Britain that we probably wouldn't
otherwise. Here is a list of some of them....
The Calendar with 365 days, the names
of the Months and Leap Years.
Towns, including London, York and
Bath, and any with 'chester' or 'cester' in it's name.
Straight roads, with drainage, allowing travel from place to place much more easily.
Cement, Bricks, Glass
The Romans liked to be clean and have baths, so they needed to get
water into their bath houses. They built aqueducts and channels, and
also used lead to make pipes. In fact the word "Plumber" comes from the
Roman word for Lead - Plumbum.
As well as having shared bath houses to have a wash, the Romans also had shared toilets with sewers to wash everthing away.
This helped keep the towns and streets clean, and avoided disease
spreading. Compare that to the Middle Ages, when they dumped everthing
in the streets!
The remains of Roman building can be found all over the country. You
can find Tiles and Pottery, and even Roman coins if you are lucky.
There are larger remains too, such as Hadrians Wall, as well as
the Roman Baths at Bath
, and Lullingstone Roman Villa
Rabbits may have been found in Britain
before Roman times, but Romans certainly brought rabbits with them when
they came to Britain, not as cuddly pets, but for their dinner! In fact
the spread of rabbits over Europe seems to match the spread of the
Roman Empire. Obviously dinner hopped away sometimes!
Turnips, Carrots, Grapes
Let us know if you think of any more
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Hill C.E. Primary School, Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 6RP. Tel. 01732 866374