Verulamium, St Albans and Broxbourne (Part 1)
A full coach set out from Meopham early on Saturday morning for, what proved to be, an interesting outing. Our first stop was at the remains of Verulamium; site of a Roman settlement in the suburbs of what later became St Albans. After a quick look around the ruins we went to the award-winning museum dedicated to the finds found at the Roman site. In the car park we could see the tail end of the procession for the St Albans Festival Pilgrimage. As we had to wait for entrance to the museum I was able to run ahead and take some photographs of other parts of the procession, including some photographs of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was to lead the festivities. From the museum we drove into the centre of St Albans, where we had 2 hours to look around. My first stop was the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. The festival service had already started and many people, who were unable to find a place inside, were listening on loudspeakers outside the west door. From there it was a quick look around the street market before continuing our journey to Broxbourne,
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The intrepid group makes their way around the edge of the site.
The first of several explanatory posters on the site
Another view from a different perspective
Under floor central heating Roman style
The lower part of the site with the remains of shops and homes
St Albans Festival Pilgrimage
The tail end of the procession, which started in the car park
Archbishop Desmond Tutu brings up the rear.
St Albans cathedral and abbey church
The procession wends its way through the onlookers ...
... whilst those at the back, including the Archbishop, wait their turn.
The small children in their costumes
My favourite picture - a happy fuchsia ...
... followed by the band ...
More costumes – are these angels?
The monks with the tomb of St Alban
Whilst the service is in progress the props are left outside the cathedral
Props lined up outside
Fuchsia petals and two large eyes
Ready for the chariot race, which is to follow the service
The cathedral and environs
The west door of the cathedral with some of the congregation unable to find room inside
A tree on the cathedral lawn that had been specially decorated
The cathedral from the south
Note the Roman tiles (red) used in the building!
Main Street of St Albans
A Morris man practices