Known to locals as The Abbey, it’s actually a cathedral of the Anglican church today. There have been a succession of buildings in this general area dedicated to St Alban, a Christian martyred near the site before 324 AD. St Alban was the first British martyr.
The tower visible in this photo is a Norman tower, all that remains of the Norman Abbey from 1077. The rest of the church is romanticized Gothic from a 19th century restoration (paid for by a benefactor who had the money and the vision…).
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