As Verulamium, encircled by a 2-mile wall and 26 miles from Londinium (London), St Albans was the third-biggest city in Roman Britain. Its current name derives from Alban, a Christian Roman soldier who was beheaded here around AD 250, becoming the first English martyr. Now a bustling and prosperous market town, just beyond London's northwestern fringes, it’s home to a huge and historic cathedral, amid a host of crooked Tudor buildings and elegant Georgian town houses.
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