Streets, lanes and highways From the time that Watling Street was diverted through Verulamium, to the construction of the new London Road, the highways and byways of St Albans and its environs have had a major impact on its development.
In scene 10 of ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’, the rebels list what the Romans have done for us; roads are third on the list. Roads are one of the aspects of the Roman world that everyone knows about, or do we?
Today Everlasting Lane is a public right of way, unmetalled for most of its route between its junction with Oysterfields ...
The Society's historic streetname quiz, celebrating our 175th anniversary.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as coach and other traffic built up, active steps were taken by the turnpike trustees to improve the flow. While not perfect, they had a significant impact on the appearance of St Albans.
When an alehouse on Chequer Street stood in the way of the turnpike, there was only one answer.
Until 1871, tollgate charges had to be paid to enter St Albans by the new London Road, and this tollgate barred the way.
For most of the history of this area, the principal local administrative units were not boroughs but parishes, centred on ...
This article, based on a lecture given by Wendy Klein to the Society in March 2005, documents the rise and fall of Adelaide Street.