St Albans Cathedal souvenir guide is a beautifully illustrated 32 page soft cover book providing information about the history and architecture of St Albans Cathedral and telling the story of Alban, Britain's first saint. Read more
A beautifully illustrated book exploring the history of one of the most important and beautiful manuscripts from twelfth century England. Read more
This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of the Abbey from Alban to the present; from the earliest evidence of Romano-British Christianity to the imposing and much-loved building that we see today, which was raised to cathedral status in 1877. The text, written by experts in their fields, illuminates not only the building and its history but also the story of St Alban and shows how Alban is still commemorated here today. Read more
The Medieval wall paintings of St Albans Cathedral are among the finest in the British Isles. They date from the early thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries and, despite suffering damage during their eventful history, continued to bear witness on piers, vaults and walls to the religious sensibilities and artistic skills in pre-reformation England. Read more
Abbot John of Wheathampstead’s grave was discovered during excavations for the new Welcome Centre in 2017. This book, written by a leading authority on the medieval Abbey, summarises Abbot John’s life and achievements and explains why he was one of the greatest medieval abbots of St Albans.
By Professor James G Clark
2018 | 24pp Read more
Drawing extensively on Peter Hurford’s history of the organs of St Albans Abbey, this publication also has much additional and fascinating material, including a chapter on the restoration completed in 2009. Short biographies of many previous Organists and Masters of the Music also feature.
By Andrew Lucas
2009 | 50pp Read more
In this book you can find out more about St Amphibalus, and trace the history of his Shrine from 1178 to the present. The rationale for the recent restoration of the Shrine is explained, and a detailed account is given of the painstaking restoration process. There are over 50 illustrations.
By Julia Low and Ailsa Herbert, 2021, 32 pp Read more
The shrine of St Alban is one of the finest examples of a medieval shrine existing in Britain. This book introduces the reader to the story of Alban and the history and spirituality of the shrine dedicated to him.
By Michael Clasby
2019 | 32pp Read more
Matthew Paris is one of the best known monks of St Albans Abbey. A prolific writer who wrote about current events and the history of the Abbey, he was also an artist with a distinctive style as well as an early map-maker.
By Michael Clasby and Gail Thomas
2015 | 40pp Read more
This book explains the history and design of the current stone screen and those that came before it. Written to commemorate the restoration of the HIgh Altar Screen, unveiled on 1st November 1899.
By Jane Kelsall, 1999, 58pp Read more
This book will guide you on a tour of some of the Cathedral’s most
interesting and accessible graffiti.
By Michael Rose, Gail Thomas and Joyce Wells
3rd edition 2014 | 20pp Read more
THe Hertfordshire Cook Book showcases the best of the area with over 40 recipes contributed by a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, cafes, and small producers across the county. Read more