Why does the Lower Red Lion have its unusual prefix? The answer lies in the 18th century pub trade in St Albans.
When an alehouse on Chequer Street stood in the way of the turnpike, there was only one answer.
With the main city railway station recently celebrating its 150th anniversary, this note considers the early development of what was then called the Midland Railway Station.
How the Kinder and Searancke families dominated brewing in St Albans by the early 19th century.
The buildings needed for arable farming and the wheat and barley crops that were harvested all constituted significant fire risks, which created a business opportunity for insurance companies, as this article explains.
During World War One, the famous Dublin telescope maker Howard Grubb moved his business to St Albans in the interests of national security, completing work on one of the company's largest ever refractors.
A growing population increased demand for retail goods and services.
The Fighting Cocks pub is certainly an historic building, but is it really the oldest pub in England?
In early February 1914 the Six Bells was under threat of closure. In cities like St Albans, there were too many pubs to meet diminishing customer needs. For example, according to the City police, there was one pub for every 165 people in St Albans in 1901.
Charles Woollam is reputed as the owner of local silk mills, as a former Mayor and Freeman of the City, and a very generous local benefactor. Less is known about his life (1833-1915), or his family’s history of silk making.
How St Albans won the right to hold markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and why the Wednesday markets ceased and then resumed.