|ST. ALBAN'S ABBEY|
Saint Alban was the first Christian maryter recorded in British history. He was born in the town
which now bears his name in the late third century, and is thought to have served for seven
years in Rome in the army of the emperor Diocletian. On his return to Britain he settled at his
native place and was put to death as a Christian during the persecution of Diocletian (c. 286-303).
According to tradition, when peace was restored, great honours were paid to his tomb. A church was
built on the spot, c. 793, by King Offa of Mercia. A monastery was subsequently added, and around it the
present town of St Albans gradually grew up.
—derived from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica