20 Facts About St Albans


St Albans is a cathedral city in Hertfordshire, England, east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, 20 miles north-west of London, 8 miles south-west of Welwyn Garden City and 11 miles south-east of Luton.

FactSnippet No. 941,972

St Albans was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north and became the Roman city of Verulamium.

FactSnippet No. 941,973

St Albans has two tiers of local government, at district and county level: St Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

FactSnippet No. 941,974

The main part of the urban area of St Albans is an unparished area, directly administered by St Albans City and District Council.

FactSnippet No. 941,975

In 1898 the parish of St Albans absorbed St Michael Urban, St Peter Urban and Sandridge Urban so the parish and borough occupied the same area.

FactSnippet No. 941,976

St Albans expanded in 1913 by gaining parts of Sandridge Rural, St Michael Rural, St Peter Rural and St Stephen .

FactSnippet No. 941,977

St Albans is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

FactSnippet No. 941,978

St Albans has an oceanic climate similar to most of the United Kingdom.

FactSnippet No. 941,979

St Albans is well served by local buses, with links to local villages and major towns run by Arriva, Uno, Red Eagle, Sullivan Buses and several small operators.

FactSnippet No. 941,980

St Albans is home to Trestle Theatre Company, who have been creating professional, physical storytelling theatre since 1981.

FactSnippet No. 941,981

Furthermore, St Albans is home to many music acts such as Enter Shikari, The Zombies, Trash Boat, Friendly Fires and Your Demise.

FactSnippet No. 941,982

In December 2007, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of St Albans were the 10th most active in England in sports and other fitness activities.

FactSnippet No. 941,983

St Albans is home to one of the country's oldest indoor skateparks, the Pioneer Skatepark in Heathlands Drive, next to the former fire station.

FactSnippet No. 941,984

St Albans is additionally home to a community of traceurs from around Hertfordshire.

FactSnippet No. 941,985

St Albans was once home to the then most prestigious steeplechase in England.

FactSnippet No. 941,986

The Great St Albans chase attracted the best horses and riders from across Britain and Ireland in the 1830s and was held in such high esteem that when it clashed with the 1837 Grand National the top horses and riders chose to bypass Aintree.

FactSnippet No. 941,987

St Albans was once home to Samuel Ryder, the founder of the Ryder Cup.

FactSnippet No. 941,988

St Albans ran a very successful packet seeds business in the 1890s which at one time he ran from a packing warehouse on Holywell Hill .

FactSnippet No. 941,989

St Albans is buried in Hatfield Road Cemetery, where in July 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay passed by to honour him.

FactSnippet No. 941,990

St Albans has many state primary and secondary schools, and a number of independent schools.

FactSnippet No. 941,991