Lecture: Thomas Ward Blagg

Speaker: Simon Langsdale

Thomas Ward Blagg held the post of Town Clerk of St Albans for 47 years. Yet, for much of his term he was involved in the corruption of local and national elections and the embezzlement of the Abbey Parish Endowment charities. This lecture will look at how Blagg came to control these charities, why he embezzled from them and the effect this had.

Simon Langsdale graduated from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) with a First Class BA Hons in History in 2011. In 2016 he undertook a part-time research MA in History at UH, looking at the Abbey parish charities scandal; graduating in 2018. Simon has also undertaken research into the 20th century revival of lettering, started by Edward Johnston.

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