A medieval view of Britain, one of four surviving maps by Matthew Paris, historian and cartographer at St Albans Abbey, [London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius D VI, f. 12v]. It once belonged to a manuscript of the Abbreviatio Chronicorum of Matthew Paris, dating from the 1250s. Other maps of Britain by Matthew Paris in two other St Albans' manuscripts held at the British Library, Royal MS 14 C VII and Cotton MS Julius D VII, and in another at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MS 16).

A medieval view of Britain, one of four surviving maps by Matthew Paris, historian and cartographer at St Albans Abbey, [London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius D VI, f. 12v]. It once belonged to a manuscript of the Abbreviatio Chronicorum of Matthew Paris, dating from the 1250s. Other maps of Britain by Matthew Paris in two other St Albans' manuscripts held at the British Library, Royal MS 14 C VII and Cotton MS Julius D VII, and in another at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MS 16).

St Albans Clock Tower, Hertforshire, UK by Howard Somerville, via Flickr. I grew up in St Albans and cannot remember how often I passed this local landmark or looked across the city from the roof.

St Albans Clock Tower, Hertforshire, UK by Howard Somerville, via Flickr. I grew up in St Albans and cannot remember how often I passed this local landmark or looked across the city from the roof.

Lindisfarne today. The Viking raid on the Christian monastery at Lindisfarne in AD 793 shocked and frightened people in England.

Lindisfarne today. The Viking raid on the Christian monastery at Lindisfarne in AD 793 shocked and frightened people in England.

St Albans Cathedral carving by Brendan McQuillan - a stone carving and a magnificent feat of ancient engineering and craftsmanship

St Albans Cathedral carving by Brendan McQuillan - a stone carving and a magnificent feat of ancient engineering and craftsmanship

The ultimate day trip guide to visiting St. Albans, England from London

Day Trips from London: St. Albans

Ye Old Fighting Cocks St Albans, Hertfordshire, said to be the oldest pub in the UK, dates from 793, it is thought that there are tunnels running between the Cathedral and the pub's beer cellars which were once used by monks

Ye Old Fighting Cocks St Albans, Hertfordshire, said to be the oldest pub in the UK, dates from 793, it is thought that there are tunnels running between the Cathedral and the pub's beer cellars which were once used by monks

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