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DO YOU REMEMBER: St Albans’ Verulamium Park in the 1980s

 Published on: 24th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This photo features Verulamium Park as it appeared on Friday, June 27, 1986, with a view of the lake and St Albans Cathedral visible in the background.

As most residents will know, Verulamium Park is named for the Roman city on which it stands, which was famously burnt and sacked by Brittonic warrior queen Boudica in 61AD.

The park first opened to the public in 1929, when the then City Corporation bought the land from the Earl of Verulam. The same year, construction on the lake started, bringing much-needed employment during the Great Depression.

In the 1930s, archaeological work undertaken by Sir Mortimer Wheeler and his wife Tessa revealed the park’s famous Roman-era hypocaust and mosaic floor, which remains free to view for park visitors to this day.

Nowadays, the park is a hub of activity, with athletes training, children playing and guests walking through its serene surroundings.

Do you have any historical photos or memories of St Albans? If so, please send them to us at and they could feature in a future edition of the magazine.

Photo Credit: Colin Park

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