Meopham Historical Society Outing (23/06/2007)

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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