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The Great Road ran northeast across Old Ford to Camulodunum (Colchester) and thence northeast along Pye Road to Venta Icenorum (Caistor St Edmund).Ermine Street ran north from the city to Lindum (Lincoln) and Eboracum (York).
The site guarded the Romans' bridgehead on the north bank of the Thames and a major road nexus.
By this time, Britain's provincial administration had also almost certainly been moved to Londinium from Camulodunum (Colchester in Essex).
The precise date of this change is unknown and no surviving source explicitly states that Londinium was "the capital of Britain" but there are several strong indications of this status: 2nd-century roofing tiles have been found marked by the "Procurator" or "Publican of the Province of Britain at Londinium", the remains of a governor's palace and tombstones belonging to the governor's staff have been discovered, and the city was well defended and armed, with a new military camp erected at the beginning of the 2nd century, despite being far from any frontier.
The northern wall reached Bishopsgate and Cripplegate near the Museum of London, a course now marked by the street "London Wall".
Cemeteries and suburbs existed outside the city proper.