Historic Clock Tower in St Albans welcomes visitors during anniversary year
- Credit: Photo supplied
St Albans’ famous Clock Tower is now open for visitors every weekend until the end of September, from 10.30am to 4.45pm.
On Good Friday the deputy Mayor, Cllr Gill Clark, officially opened the Clock Tower for the 2016 season, using a copy of the massive ceremonial key held by St Albans Museum.
She also launched a new display, housed on the first floor, detailing the restoration of the tower completed by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1866.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the restoration of the city centre’s iconic landmark.
St Albans is unique in the country in being the only town that has managed to hold on to its medieval town belfry.
Built in 1405 by the townspeople to assert their freedom in the face of the Abbey, the Clock Tower contained a clock from the beginning, so the town had a way of telling time independent of the Abbey bells, and could sound its own curfew.
It is well worth a visit to experience the medieval rooms and spiral staircase as well as enjoy the magnificent views across this district and neighbouring areas from the roof.
- 1 The latest court results for the St Albans area
- 2 Major development planned for centre of St Albans
- 3 Area Guide: The Hertfordshire village of Bricket Wood between St Albans and Watford
- 4 Man kicked, punched and knocked unconscious outside St Albans bank
- 5 St Albans set for heatwave and 31C sunshine in mid-August
- 6 Park drama as theatre director and café staff tackle tree fire
- 7 Police arrest St Albans man on suspicion of 'harassment'
- 8 Blue Plaque commemorating life of Duchess of Marlborough
- 9 It's A Kind of Magic as Queen Symphonic's Bohemian Rhapsody rocks Hatfield Park
- 10 Investigation over unauthorised development on Green Belt site
Volunteers from the Civic Society and the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society will staff the tower, and if you are interested in offering an hour or so occasionally to help keep it open please contact Jill Singer on firstname.lastname@example.org