St Albans, just north of London, is named for a Roman man, Alban. Alban was a citizen of the Roman town, Virulamium, who helped a Christian priest escape from the Romans. He was executed for his kindness. Over the subsequent centuries, tales of miraculous healing arose and a monastery was built on the site of his execution.
Virulamium, one of the largest Roman cities in England was located on top of an Iron Age town that dates back to about 20 BCE. Verlamion (which roughly means ‘settlement’) was a town of the Catuvellauni, a tribe of Celts that it is thought might have originated in Gaul.
I visited Roman St Albans over the holidays. When you see the exterior photos, bear in mind that the first was taken at 12:50pm, the others between 3:00 and 3:10pm. It is winter in England and shadows are a constant no matter what time of day. So, you might as well play a little.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your short tour of the shadows of the past of St Albans. Shadows allow us to appreciate light; sometimes they help illuminate our understanding. They create contours, richness and depth.
For more Shadows go to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Shadowed.”
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