Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 28/06/2018

A Day in St Albans



A Former Benedictine Abbey Church in All its Glory

Cathedral & Abbey Church in St Albans –  Hertfordshire

 It ceased to be an Abby in the 16th century and became a cathedral in 1877.




St Alban’s Abbey, with the shrine of England’s first martyr, became prestigious and important throughout most of the medieval period and it was England’s premier Benedictine abbey.Rich the Benedictine heritage of this place of worship …

St Benedict taught that “Proper honour must be shown to all, especially to pilgrims.” Hospitality is at the heart of the story of Alban who welcomed the fugitive priest.Today pilgrims from many different Christian denominations are encouraged to follow his ways.The largest of these pilgrimages takes place in June, at St Alban’s Day, with many thousands converging on the cathedral.

* A day after officiating the Royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle, Archbishop Justin Welby addressed hundreds of Christians at St Albans Cathedral on the eve of Pentecost Sunday (May 20), marking the end of the prayer movement ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.
** During the service he also blessed 500 postcards carrying prayers and strength for GCSE and A-Level students ahead of their exams.Additionally,there were prayer stations focused on social justice themes,including praying for people trapped in modern-day slavery.


What’s this Soldier Puppet doing under the Rose Window of St Alban ?




– Working On a Project – The Alban Pilgrimage 2018 – Saturday 23rd June –

As part of the Alban,Britain’s First Saint Project,students from Oaklands College are working throughout March 2018 to create a new puppet for the Pilgrimage Event.

The Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually and is held in honour of the city’s namesake,St Alban, who died on 22nd June over 1700 years ago.He was executed for giving shelter to a Christian priest later named Amphibalus who was fleeing persecution by the Romans.Moved by the priest’s faith,Alban became a Christian and the two men swapped cloaks, enabling the priest to escape.Alban was arrested instead, brought to trial and executed on the hill where St Albans Cathedral now stands.

Stunning 12-ft tall carnival puppets and a procession of around 300 children,teenagers and adults from the local community dramatize the tale of Alban’s martyrdom,with the final scene taking place at the West End of St Albans Cathedral,the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.It’s a wonderful spectacle as giant carnival puppets tell the story of the remarkable man who gave the city its name.

Roman chariots,centurions,lions and roses all take their place in the dramatic procession from St Peter’s Church,through the historic streets to St Albans.

* Stephen Hawking (1942–2018),theoretical physicist, was educated at St Albans School.


 Enough of History and Culture – Time for a glass of Binghams Vanilla Stout or a pint of Bitter at the oldest octagonal pub near St Albans Cathedral,just outside the perimeter of Verulamium Park.



Enigmatic and very long the story of -Ye Olde Fighting Cocks – …
Since it was founded in the 8th century,it has had many names.
– Ye Olde Fighting Cocks – has to do with its history of cockfighting,a blood sport banned in UK in the 1800s.

Cockfighting was banned outright in England and Wales and in the British Overseas Territories with the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835.Sixty years later,in 1895,cockfighting was also banned in Scotland, where it had been quite common in the 18th century.In 2015 PETA ( People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ) wrote to the pub’s landlord and its owners,requesting that they should change the name due to its cockfighting association.It should be renamed to “Ye Olde Clever Cocks” to reflect compassion for animals.The request was declined.

* PETA director said: “Changing the name would reflect today’s rejection of needless violence and help celebrate chickens as the intelligent,sensitive & social animals they are.

Well,”Ye Olde Fighting Cocks ” or “Ye Olde Clever Cocks ” ?

Good question mark.

And after enjoying a pint of Bitter and learning a few things about the story of the “Listed Historic Building” of the pub,we headed to the nearby park for an afternoon walk around the Lake.

Verulamium Park in the City of St Albans,located just below St Albans Abbey.



Beautiful parkland with a fantastic lake,fed by the River Ver,and home to a wealth of waterbirds and wildlife habitats enjoying trees and grassland.

The Park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands.Hundreds of remarkable objects,excavated from the ground,are displayed in Verulamium Museum.



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I caught some ducks still swimming and playing and Ms Mallard flirting with water & handsome lads … ♥




Dilemma … ” To Dive, or Not to Dive … “

I went near the lake and started talking to them.Come on beautiful ducks,let’s play near The Lake,nobody will see us,(DDG) – DuckDuckGo protects our Privacy on the Interner World …

♩♪♫♬ Duck, Duck, Goose – Duck, Duck, Gray Duck … .♩♪♫♬

Drip, Drip, Drop .. ♩♪♫♬ .. ,sing & dance around The Lake …

” More rain, more rest; more water will suit the ducks best … “

Soon,it started raining,it was a duck & dive situation,ideal for the beautiful,undecided ducks …

After playing on words & having fun with the ducks in Verulamium Park;


The Birds & I decided to Call it a Day …









  1. About the puppet, I wonder if it depicts a Roman soldier (because he sure doesn’t look very English to me) 🙂

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    • If you have some time to spend,just read the short story under the rose window …
      Amphibalus was a Roman Christian fleeing religious persecution under Emperor Diocletian,he was offered shelter by Saint Alban in the “Roman city of Verulamium ……. ” Thank you for your kind visit,dear Kutukamus 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Truth Troubles.

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  3. This is an excellent post, I enjoyed the read and and the pictures so I am going to reblog this for you.

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    • Delighted you enjoyed it,many thanks for reading and reblogging it.Feel totally humbled and honoured.


  4. This post is amazing!!!! I love that architecture, I love the pictures! Congrats mate!!!

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  5. Fascinating history. Yet persecution still occurs today. We need to learn from this.

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    • Unfortunately,it’s a neglected issue in Middle East & North Africa,as far asI know.Civilised countries could help,but they turn a blind eye.Thank you very much for reading the history of St Albans.

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      • PS I hope you weren’t affected by the flooding in Athens and the earthquake last week.

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        • Thank you for asking,no,we were not affected at all.I so much enjoyed the summer rainy weather.Don’t forget that I am a winter person.


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  7. What a glorious adventure, calming and meditative. Culture and history enrich our souls.

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    • So many thanks for your kind visit and your reflective response 🙂


  8. Great info and photography. I loved the slideshow! Just recently I’ve been watching BBC and Masterpiece theater on TV and it’s almost like visiting the U.K.. They include so much scenery and architecture also. I’m glad you had a great time.

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    • Thank you Maria.I am so glad for coming with me to St Albans,truly,it was a very enjoyable day in this interesting and ancient Cathedral city with the lush green parks and the traditional street market which is steeped in history.There is something worthwhile around every corner of this buzzing metropolis.
      Great your TV choice,I know how you feel when you watch those BBC theatre programmes based on classic drama.We get some on the Greek public channels too.We are really lucky to be able to virtually experience fantastic,historical regions and live the spirit of epochs past.I am certain sure you will also watch some BBC Gardening pogrammes such as on BBC 2 the Gardeners’ World.I follow some noted gardeners on Twitter and I learn a lot of things.

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  9. Looks great 🙂

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  10. Wow, look at the wonderful day that you brought us, Doda! From the Abbey Church to the ducks. I enjoyed the outing with you! ❤ 🙂

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    • I tried to include a little bit of everything to make it a more pleasant post.Thank you for visiting,dear Christy,delighted you enjoyed our day trip to this popular destination ❤ 🙂 xxx

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  11. Very informative and enjoyable post, dear Doda! What a story about St. Alban! And told in beautiful pictures ❤

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    • Thaaank you dear Helen!I am so glad you liked it.Enjoy your travels to the fullest.Please give Mr Dylan a mega hug,I feel sorry that he wll be left behind again.I hate the moment when I part with my dog family,not so much though with the two cats,they are more independent.Take care ❤ xxx


  12. Very informative post, and beautiful photos, Doda! I am amazed at how well you know the background and history of all these places.

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    • It’s a sign that I never travel as a tourist,Hien.In fact,it’s the third or fourth time I have visited St Albans,and each time I discoved and learnt more things.I am so glad you appreciated my perspective,and so many thanks for your kind visit.

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  13. Beautiful post, Doda. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kindness,dear friend 🙂


  14. I visited the Verulamium museum on a previous visit to England. I have the refrigerator magnet to prove it! As an animal lover I have no problem with the name of the pub Ye Olde Fighting Cocks. I think it tells the story of how we have evolved as human beings. I think we might even have had a drink there!

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    • I agree,PETA looks at the name from a different angle,however,history is history,the change of its name would distort facts.Glad I stirred up memories from your homeland,dear Roslyn.

      Oh,those fridge magnets,they refresh our travel memories every day.
      Actually,I’ve put our beautiful world on a small platter and reshuffle its places every now and then … Hugs to my beloved boys 🙂

      Our Beautiful World on a Small Platter ...        [Explored]   Dec  13 / 2011 (287)

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      • Frankie likes to jump up on the fridge door and knock the magnets to the floor where they break, so I like the idea of the magnet dish. I keep a dish of postcards on my coffee table and enjoy looking at them from time to time. I could have a magnet dish and a postcard dish!

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        • Oh naughty boy Frankie,I am sorry your mum found a way to keep you away from her beautiful magnets …

          pebbles from a Greek beach

          I like the idea of having a dish or a small basket with my postcards,they are all with maps and other travel leaflets tucked away in a big wooden box.


          • I actually do have a pebble dish. I keep shells on shelves in the bathroom. So much stuff to dust!

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            • I know,collections here and there and everywhere around to make our lives difficult yet beautiful.I also have a big pink conch from Rhodes,and when I put it on my ear,I hear the sounds of the ocean.It’s really thrilling …


  15. Amazing history and gorgeous photos, Doda. And those ducks are adorable! Thanks for sharing, my friend…❤🦆😊

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    • Thanks a million times over for your visit,dear Lauren!I must send the duck family to your place to keep good company to the fledglings I saw in your recent post … Broad smiles & hugs ❤ xxx


  16. Wonderful images. Thank you for posting

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  17. Lovely post my dear friend; thank you for a walk down memory lane. In the early 90s I lived in the village of Shenley, very close to St Albans, and spent many very happy days exploring the area. I do miss English pubs sometimes!

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    • I reckon,you’d never expect to walk again in well-known locations on a cold winter day,after so many years … Isn’t it wonderful I stirred up cherished memories with my post,dear Su?I am very glad,my friend.
      Thank you for coming by ❤ xxx


  18. Se now…what I said re pictures? Beautiful images and post my darling darling Doda! I like a woman after my own heart.. Does the history finds the pub, does the wee wander.

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    • Ay,my beautiful Scottish friend,we are in tune with each other and run after history and old pubs … Will you and Mr employ me in your performance next year?I’ll manage to recite Lee’s poems like you …
      Thank you,darling,darling Shey xxxxx

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  19. Thank you for introducing this magnificent cathedral, dear Doda! Glorious history, indeed! Beautifully captured with you lens.
    Lovely ducks🦆💓:) xxx

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    • Thank you my dear friend Amy.Glad you appreciated it,I did my best to take some photos under the overcast sky.I wish I could apply all the advanced techiques you employ to shoot,you know that I mostly focus on the subject and shoot at random … 🙂 xxx

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      • The cathedral photos are remarkable. Beautiful composed, and the angles are perfect. I love it! Ducks are so lovely. 🙂 💖xxx

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        • Indeed,they are,especially the first one which clearly shows interesting architectural features.
          I was surprised to see it on my computer afterwards.Presumably,the moody day helped a lot,sometimes the position of the sun and the abundance of light create problems to amateur photographers like me … ❤ xxx

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  20. What a beautiful place and all of that amazing history! I’m so happy that England led the way of banning the cruel practice of cockfighting (even if it probably continued in the dark recesses). Your travels are fascinating, dear Doda! Enjoy the upcoming weekend wherever you happen to be! Hugs! 😻💕

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    • Thank you so much for your kind visit and your beautiful comment.I am delighted you appreciated what I shared with you,my friend.I do hope you’re enjoying your holidays with family and friends.Can’t wait to see your new photos.Take care ~ Love hugs & kisses ❤ xxx

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  21. Thank you for the wonderful history that compliments these beautiful images Doda!! May all your journeys be blessed!

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    • Aw!My beloved Cybele is back!I have to celebrate it,dear friend.
      Thank you for calling in and for your pleasant comment & wishes,you made my evening ❤ 🙂
      PS: I was thinking of you the other day when I read about Griffiths cousins and Cottingley Fairies … I’ve left a comment about that on your June 21, 2017 summer post ❤

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  22. Thank you for sharing these photos and words. Glorious.

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