North West View of St Alban's Abbey, Hertfordshire
Artist and engraver: Schnebbilie, I.
Print of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire. A Benedictine Abbey was founded here in the 8th century and a market town grew up around it which was controlled by the Abbey's Abbots. In the 11th century the Norman Abbot Paul of Caen rebuilt the Abbey and it was consecrated in 1136. The Abbey was disolved by Henry VIII in the Reformation of the 16th century and this meant that the town became independent and gained a Rpyal Charter in 1553. The Abbey has escaped destruction during the Reformation and the Mayor and Burgess of St Albans bought the building to be used as the parish chuch. Unfortunately there was little money for the upkeep of the church and it slowly deteriorated. In 1877 Lord Grimthorpe was responsible for renovating the Abbey however his work was much criticised especially because the beautiful West End of the building was replaced.