TL1406 : Orchard Street

taken 6 years ago, near to St Albans, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

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Orchard Street
Orchard Street
A cul de sac off Abbey Mill Lane dating from the early to mid 19th century. For a photo of the terraced housing on the south side (seen in the right background of the photo) see TL1406 : Orchard Street.

On the wall on the left can be seen a plaque in place of a former World War 1 Street Memorial (see TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Orchard Street for close up).
St Albans Abbey Parish World War 1 Street Memorials
An unusual feature of the Abbey Parish of St Albans, thought to be unique in the UK: ten small World War 1 Memorials, commemorating the dead of individual streets in the parish.

The fact that St Albans Abbey is a diocesan cathedral as well as a parish church meant that priority was given to its former role when commemorating the dead of the First World War, with a diocesan book of remembrance being set up. It was perhaps the fact that this led to a gap at parish level that led to the dedication of local memorials around the parish, rather than one in the parish church itself (i.e. the Abbey).

It is not clear who came up with the idea, but it was supported by Canon George Glossop, who served on the staff of the Abbey and who lost two of his three sons in the war, both named on the High Street memorial - see TL1407 : World War 1 Street Memorial, High Street).

The memorials were dedicated in three batches in 1920 and 1921, with a total of 110 men commemorated.

After years of neglect, including the defacing of the Dagnall Street memorial, the City Council took responsibility for the memorials in 1964.

With thanks to "The Street Memorials of St Albans Abbey Parish" by the late Alice Goodman for some of the information contained here. A new edition by John G E Cox and Ann Dean giving details of 75 of the men listed on the memorials and brief information on a further 30 or so of them was published in June 2015.

For a slide show of all 10 memorials with their individual descriptions, see LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 3 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 6 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
St Albans 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 143 069 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.9904N 0:20.7081W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 143 069
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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