Roman Remains (Falcon Street, Cripplegate)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Minister of Works what steps he has taken in conjunction with the City Corporation to ensure the preservation and proper display of the remains of the Roman London wall and fort in Falcon Street, Cripple-gate.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

The Corporation of the City of London is proceeding with the scheme for the preservation of the wall and gate to which I referred in reply to the hon. Member's Question on 12th February, 1957. It will be possible for the public to inspect the remains which will be in a chamber underneath Route 11.

Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, notwithstanding his answer in February, nothing has been done since then? Has he observed the very interesting suggestion put forward by Lord Mottistone for the preservation of this interesting relic of antiquity as a memorial of London of deep significance, by sinking the external level to the old level and thereby providing a very attractive piece of evidence and possibly a centre of interest to tourists from all over the world?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

I have not seen the suggestion made by Lord Mottistone. What it is proposed to do is in general accordance with the advice given by the Ancient Monuments Branch of my Ministry. It would be thoroughly well preserved and readily accessible to anyone interested in it. I am sorry that there has been delay in this matter, but that has been due to the time we had to wait for Route 11 to reach that point.