History of St Albans Town hall penned in new book

Cover of The Old Town Hall, St Albans

Cover of The Old Town Hall, St Albans - Credit: Archant

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.