Roman London was razed to the ground by revolting ancient Britons under Boudica or Boudicca (Boadicea of the Victorian re-imagining), the Queen of the Iceni, in 60 or 61, while the legions under the Governor Suetonius Paulinus were away attacking the druid stronghold on Anglesey. Tacitus wrote: “The inhabitants … who stayed because they were women, or old, or attached to the place, were slaughtered … . … For the British … could not wait to cut throats, hang, burn and crucify – as though avenging, in advance, the retribution that was on its way (*)”.
(*) At the so-called Battle of Watling Street, the precise location of which remains unknown.
One of the many purported locations for the battle is Ambresbury Banks in Epping Forest.