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St. Michael's Church in St. Albans 49.y

St. Michael's Church in St. Albans 49.y

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 49.y

Length: 18.6

Width: 24.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of St Michael's church in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The three churches of St Michael, St Peter and St Stephen are thought to have been built on the approaches to the town by Abbot Ulsinus, for pilgrims visiting the shrine of St Albans. St Michael's church was built over the Roman Verulamium. In the 13th century the church contained a large crucifix or Rood, which seperated the alter from the congregation, and there was a beautiful painting of the Last Judgement. During the Reformation images like these were considered idolatrous and were removed and painted over. In 1810 the painting was uncovered and it is still visible today.

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