St. Albans

St. Albans was originally founded as Veramion, a settlement home to the Catuvellauni, a Celtic tribe of southern Britain. It was subsequently transformed into the Roman settlement of Verulamium from where it grew into a municipium around AD 50. The city became known as St. Albans around the 4th century AD with the martyrdom of Saint Alban who was buried close to the Cathedral.

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The history of Torrington Hall

Built by the Longmire family in 1882, Torrington Hall was intended for the retirement of John Chapple, the Mayor of St. Albans at that time. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to enjoy it.

It was home to the scientist Eleanor Ormerod (1828-1901). An expert in economic entomology (the study of insects), she pioneered studies into the negative effects that insects can have on animals and crops, helping to improve farming processes. Despite living in a time when women were not encouraged to pursue academia, she was extremely passionate and dedicated to her subject, and became the first woman to be awarded an honorary degree by Edinburgh University for her contributions to science. She lived in Torrington Hall with her sister Georgiana from 1887 until her death. Torrington Hall bears a plaque in her honour.

Christmas in St. Albans

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