New SAHAAS publication about St Albans Old Town Hall by Chris Green

Photo:The front cover of 'The Old Town Hall, St Albans', featuring the architect George Smith's original drawing for the building

The front cover of 'The Old Town Hall, St Albans', featuring the architect George Smith's original drawing for the building

Photo:Chris signing copies at Waterstones in St Albans on Saturday 2 September

Chris signing copies at Waterstones in St Albans on Saturday 2 September

Sue Mann

Now on sale at Waterstones in St Peter's Street

By Sue Mann

A new book charting the history of St Albans iconic old town hall was published by the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society on 1 September 2017.

During his time as the director of St Albans Museums, the author, Chris Green, worked in the old town hall and over the years has studied almost every inch of the building. He has drawn on his extensive knowledge and experience to write this definitive, fully illustrated guide to its history and use over almost 200 years. Original plans for the neo-classical building by architect George Smith are included in the book.

The old town hall originally served as a place of local justice, with the local seat of government occupying just one large room. In 1851 the Bribery Commission held court in the building to investigate the ‘cash for votes’ scandal that resulted in the Borough of St Albans losing its parliamentary representation.

The full colour, fully illustrated book costs £6.99, ISBN 978-0-901194-10-7.

For further information please contact the SAHAAS Publications Team by email publications@stalbanshistory.org.

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