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St Albans is a popular Cathedral City in the county of Hertfordshire, the first major town outside London, on the old Roman road of Watling Street. This ideal geographical position and the excellent communication links are one of the reasons that make it such a popular choice as an area to live for the modern day commuter. By rail, St Albans into London, St Pancras takes just 18 minutes. Access to the motorway network is very convenient including: the M1, M25 and A1M. Whilst the airports of Luton and Stansted are also easily accessible.

It is a historic market town and is recognised as an ideal setting to raise a family because many of the schools in the area are rated as Outstanding by OFSTED. There are numerous leisure facilities, a thriving cultural life, lush green parks and countryside, a buzzing metropolis, excellent attractions and interesting and ancient history.

St Albans takes its name from the first British saint, Alban. The most elaborate version of his story, Bede's relates that he lived in Verulamium, sometime during the 3rd or 4th century, when Christians were suffering persecution. Alban met a Christian priest fleeing from his persecutors and sheltered him in his house, where he became so impressed with the priest's piety that he converted to Christianity. When the authorities searched Alban's house, he put on the priest's cloak and presented himself in place of his guest. Consequently, he was sentenced to endure the punishments that were to be inflicted upon the priest, unless he renounced Christianity. Alban refused and was taken for execution. In later legends, his head rolled downhill after execution and a well sprang up where it stopped.