History of St Albans Town hall penned in new book

PUBLISHED: 21:00 31 August 2017

Cover of The Old Town Hall, St Albans

Cover of The Old Town Hall, St Albans


A new book has been published charting the history of the former St Albans Town Hall, coinciding with an ongoing overhaul of the building into a museum.

Author Chris Green has penned The Old Town Hall, St Albans after cultivating knowledge about the site’s heritage while working as the director of St Albans Museums.

He has studied almost every inch of the building and the fully illustrated book covers almost 200 years of its use. It includes original neoclassical architecture designs by George Smith.

The site was originally a local justice centre and the district’s governmental seat, except when St Albans temporarily lost its parliamentary representation during a cash for votes scandal in 1851.

It is being published by the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, and Chris will be signing copies in St Albans’ Waterstones from 12pm to 1pm on September 2. The book costs £6.99.

More news stories

10 minutes ago

A group of families have taken part in this year’s Children in Need appeal to help highlight the work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

35 minutes ago

Being ill sucks. No matter what’s got you down – the flu, a broken bone, diabetes, cancer – it’s a horrible place to be. Your body is weaker and less capable. The drugs you take mess with your mind and your moods and sometimes can make you feel even worse than when you started. Mental ill-health is no different. The brain is an organ, and like any organ, it doesn’t always function to the medical standard of “normal”. Mine certainly doesn’t.

A man who stole and used bank cards in St Albans and Hatfield has been jailed for two years.


A burglar was disturbed by a dog as he attempted to break into a house in St Albans.


Recently we, as a family (minus two of the kids), visited The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. I had never been before, which is perhaps amiss of me as a birdwatcher as it is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or RSPB and only 45 minutes drive from home.

Digital Edition

Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards