Friends’ AGM and talk on Chantry Chapels   

Thursday 12 November 2020


The 71st Annual General Meeting of the Fraternity of the Friends of St Albans Abbey, originally planned for May, will now take place at 7.30pm on 12 November. The meeting will be followed by a talk from John McNeill (details below). 

In view of recent changes in the Government’s regulations relating to social gatherings, it will sadly not now be possible to meet in person.  Instead we will be hosting both meeting and talk online, using Zoom.

A booklet containing the AGM agenda and financial statements was distributed with the April issue of Alban Link. A copy of the AGM agenda, annual report and accounts can be found below.

Friends AGM 2020


Chantry Chapels at St Albans and Beyond

A talk by John McNeill

Endowed for the celebration of Masses, principally for the soul of the founder, medieval chantry chapels are a fascinating feature of many English churches.  Most popular accounts of the monumental legacy of the English medieval chantry identify it with small-scale buildings: chapels attached to parish churches, tiny bolt-on annexes set outside the aisles of larger churches, or exquisite cage-like structures within the larger space of a host institution.  The last of these types is well represented at St Albans in the three surviving chantry chapels of Duke Humphrey, Abbot Wallingford and Abbot Ramryge.  This talk will consider the extent to which the St Albans chantries are typical of late medieval practice, and look at some of the alternatives.

John McNeill knows St Albans Cathedral well, and is an active member of the Fabric Advisory Committee.  A specialist in medieval architectural history, he lectures for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, as well as leading tours for Martin Randall. He is Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited and contributed to collections of essays on medieval cloisters, chantries, Anjou, King’s Lynn and the Fens.


This event is intended for Friends only.  Attendance at both AGM and talk is free to all members.

If you wish to attend please be sure to book a place.  We will then be able to keep you up to date with arrangements for the evening and send you email instructions for joining on the day.   

Booking opens on Monday 21 September and closes Monday 2 November 2020.

To participate in this event via Zoom, you will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio, so that you can hear the proceedings.  You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won’t be able to see the speaker or any visual aids.

If you have any queries, please email Sally Pearson at [email protected]