Time Travel London: Boudica In A Traffic Jam

By M@ Last edited 61 months ago
Time Travel London: Boudica In A Traffic Jam

Fancy meddling with time and space? We recently asked you to merge the past, present and future of our city in imaginative ways. It could be a drawing, painting, manipulated photograph, or even a map.

Our first entry is from Matt Bannister. He imagines Boudica — scourge of the Roman city of Londinium — stuck at the traffic lights of Westminster Bridge, where in real life she presides in statue form. The Iceni queen appears to raise her arms in exasperation, as dozens of tourists cross in front of her. Those thigh-high wheel spikes might come in handy if her patience is tested too much.

Matt also provided one of the best entries for our Londonist Underground competition, which can still be seen in our exhibition at the Bishopsgate Institute.

We're welcoming further entries to the Time Travel London competition for the foreseeable future. Perhaps you'll depict Shakespeare pedalling a Boris Bike through Southwark, or Christopher Wren sketching out plans for the Shard. Thinking caps on! Send images to matt@londonist.com to be considered for entry. We hope to show the most imaginative entries at a future exhibition.

Last Updated 15 April 2013


Boudica was an early British version of a heroine freedom fighter
who antedated King Arthur in her quest to rid her homeland of Roman invaders.
She was Celtic to the hilt much like her Gallic equivalent of Vercingetorix who
fought Julius Caesar and the march of Latin dominion. Both Boudica and
Vercingetorix are honored in the mythmaking argumentations of France and Britain
without however giving thought to the idea that both would have abhorred the
presence of Anglo-Saxon and Frankish barbarians in their homeland. France
especially in many ways was created by Julius Caesar as much as the Anglo Saxons
who crushed the last vestiges of Celtic resistance under Arturus (King Arthur)
did bring about Anglo-Land (England).