St Albans Abbey Parish World War 1 Street Memorials :: Shared Description

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 Link.
by Ian Capper
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23 images use this description:

TL1407 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Fishpool Street by Ian Capper
TL1407 : World War 1 Street Memorial, High Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Pageant Road by Ian Capper
TL1407 : Fishpool Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Albert Street by Ian Capper
TL1407 : Verulam Road by Ian Capper
TL1407 : Waxhouse Gate by Ian Capper
TL1407 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Lower Dagnall Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Orchard Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Sopwell Lane by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Holywell Hill by Ian Capper
TL1407 : 15 High Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Orchard Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Bardwell Road by Ian Capper
TL1407 : World War I Street Memorial, Verulam Road by Ian Capper
TL1406 : 50 - 54 Holywell Hill by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Albert Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Holywell Hill by Ian Capper
TL1407 : Lower Dagnall Street by Ian Capper
TL1406 : Sopwell Lane by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Bardwell Road by Ian Capper
TL1406 : World War 1 Street Memorial, Pageant Road by Ian Capper
TL1407 : 40 Verulam Road by Ian Capper


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Created: Sun, 6 May 2012, Updated: Mon, 10 Aug 2015

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