Royal Charter making St. Albans a City

12th August 1877

By Charlotte Jordan

St. Alban's Abbey

On the 12th August 1877, Queen Victoria granted a second royal charter to St. Albans, (in response of a public petition.) This meant that St. Albans was granted city status to the borough, and Cathedral status to the former Abbey.

Lord Grimthorpe financed a renovation and rebuilding of the cathedral, which cost around £130,000. The new diocese was made mainly from parts of the Diocese of Rochester.

You can see more pictures of the Abbey at St. Albans, before and after the restoration

This page was added on 03/08/2011.

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