Album of
Coloured Photographic Views
and Short History of 
St Albans

Published by
H. E. Brown
Stationer, Holywell Hill, St. Albans

No Date [1905?]

This rare hard-cover book is an early photographic tour of St Albans, and because of it exceptional interest it is reproduced here in its entirety. The "Short History" of the title is no more than the brief (and not always accurate) descriptions of the photographs.

The photographs are displayed large size in the order listed in the descriptive notes (which is not the order they are printed) and may be seen by clicking on the thumbnail pictures. The size has been chosen to give optimum viewing at a screen setting of 1024 * 768 pixels and full screen display.

Short Descriptive Notes

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St Albans Cathedral - Built 1977-03 by Abbot Paul of Caen, is an imposing structure. Cardinal Wolsey was at one time Abbot. The West Front has been restored by Lord Grimthorpe at a cost of 140,000.
The Nave contains a good deal of John de Cella's work, and is of grand dimensions. It is 276 feet long by 65 feet wide, with an oak ceiling 65 feet high.
St Albans Shrine was originally erected in the 14th century. Destroyed at the Reformation, it has been rebuilt from the old fragments.The Chapel contains a representation of the execution of St Alban.

Wallingford Screen - This is the choicest object in the Abbey, and id the finest example of 15th century work in the world. It has been restored by Lord Aldenham at great cost.
Old Monastery Gateway and School - This picturesque old pile dates from 1565, and once served as a goal, but has been the home of the famour Grammar School for over 300 years.
Verulam Woods, St Albans. - These lovely woods are reached by way of a bridge across the River Ver, and are well worthy a visit by lovers of the beauties of nature.
St Peter's Church - This Church was founded as early as 948, and has undergone considerable restoration. It contains interesting brasses and monuments. The tower, erected in 1803, has a fine peal of bells.
St Peter's Street. - In front of the Town Hall is St. Peter's Street, the site of the two sanguinary battles fought between the adherents of Lancaster and York. Many of the dead were buried in St Peter's churchyard.
Ye Olde Rounde House. - This ancient inn, dubbed the "Fighting Cocks," is said to date from Saxon times. It formerly bore the inscription "Ye Olde Rounde House, rebuilt after the Flood."
Holywell Hill. - This is a pleasant thoroughfare running from the Clock Tower to St Stephen's Church, which stands out very prominently in the background. The L. & N.W. Railway Station is also close by.
Clarence Park. - This pretty Park and Recreation Ground was the gift of Sir J. Blundell Maple, M.P., and covers about 25 acres. The park is beautifully laid out, and is a favourite resort.
Hatfield House, six miles from St. Albans, is the country seat of Lord Salisbury. The house is open to the public on the afternoons of Bank Holidays, and on Wednesday and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. between Easter Monday and the end of August, when the family are away. Application should be made to the housekeeper. The treasures contained in this splendid Tudor mansion are too numerous to detail here.


Henry Edward Brown is listed as a stationer, bookseller, bookbinder & news agent, fancy repository &c, of 13 Hollywell [sic] Hill in the 1890 Kelly's Directory. He is listed as a stationer at 28 Holywell Hill in the 1898, 1912, and 1922 editions, but not in the 1886 or 1926 editions. 

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