St Michael

Oldest site of known Christian activity in the British Isles; art and architecture from across a millennium.

Hanes yr eglwys hon

The present St Michael’s was built in the 10th century over the site of the basilica, the headquarters of Roman Verulamium. It was probably here that Alban was tried for being a Christian before he was executed outside the town walls, perhaps where St Albans Abbey now stands.

The oldest parts of this Grade I listed church date to before the Norman Conquest. It is the most extant Anglo Saxon building in Hertfordshire.

Highlights include:

  • an early medieval interlaced carved stone cross introduced from Italy in the 20th century
  • a few medieval tiles in the Lady Chapel
  • 14th century brasses
  • a 15th century roof and carved corbels
  • late medieval paintwork surviving on a rare Doom scene, a nave lancet and a roof beam
  • two late medieval doors
  • a 15th century octagonal font now known to have been (unusually) carved from a single piece of stone
  • a recently rediscovered preReformation altar stone
  • a pulpit and table from the late 16th/early 17th century
  • a famous 17th century memorial to Francis Bacon
  • a royal coat of arms from the reign of Charles II
  • 19th century stained glass
  • 19th century oak pews largely dating from George Gilbert Scott’s reordering in the 1860s and some of which incorporate early modern linenfold panelling
  • a two manual Peter Collins organ (1980)
  • eight bells in the tower date from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries

Prif nodweddion

  • Pensaernïaeth ysblennydd
  • Gwydr lliw gwefreiddiol
  • Cofebau godidog
  • Celfi campus
  • Awyrgylch swynol
  • Mynwent gyfareddol
  • Hafan bywyd gwyllt
  • Treftadaeth genedlaethol yma
  • Cysylltiadau enwog

Gwybodaeth ar gyfer ymwelwyr

  • Safle bws o fewn 100m
  • Mynediad gwastad i'r prif fannau
  • Parcio o fewn 250m
  • Toiledau hygyrch gerllaw
  • Caffi o fewn 500m
  • Caniateir cŵn
  • Croeso i gerddwyr a beicwyr
  • Lle i ddiogelu'ch beic

Other nearby churches


Nederlandse Kerk

The Dutch Church is a reformed church on the site of the 13th century Augustinian friary, the original building granted to Protestant refugees for their church services in 1550 was destroyed during the London Blitz.

Dewch yn Gyfaill Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yr Eglwysi - ar gyfer pobl sy'n dwli ar eglwysi!