As one of the earliest recorded towns in
Britain, St Albans, known to the Romans
as Verulamium, has had a long, colourful and
distinguished history. Dominated by the great
Abbey Church of St Alban, this town has
developed from a large thriving Roman
settlement established in the first century
AD in the valley of the Ver.
The town adjacent
to the Abbey was a thriving market town in
Saxon, Norman, mediaeval and Georgian
times. The coming of the railway in the mid nineteenth
century saw increased development
to the east of the original settlement, and the
town has been spreading ever since.
St Albans was one of the sites where Magna
Carta was drafted, and the town played a
great part in the Peasantís Revolt. It took
Parliamentís side in the Civil War.
Each of these periods has left its mark on the
architecture and environment of the town,
from the remains of the Roman city of
Verulamium and the later settlements of
St Michaelís to the mediaeval inns catering to
pilgrims and the Georgian splendour of
Romeland Hill and George Street.
St Albans is still a thriving market town, a focus
for commuters and a magnet for tourists.
All this and more is captured in this remarkable
collection of over 140 images, celebrating the
vibrant life of this most historic of cities.
June & Michael Massey have both
lived in Hertfordshire for over thirty
years, during which time they have come
to know and love the county and its
diverse towns and villages. They have
worked together for the last five years
on a variety of photographic projects
and also work as free-lance educational
consultants and writers.They are the
authors of Hertfordshire, the Glorious
County. They continue to contribute
both articles and photographs to the
county magazine, Hertfordshire Life.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 909 7, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2010.