Images of St Albans Abbey before, during and after restoration

Spot the changes

By Andy Lawrence

St Albans Abbey copper plate engraving 1809
Before the spire collapsed, about 1850
pre 1879
This photo shows the roof complete but without the West end taken about 1879
Working on the South asile
Roof and West end complete, but not south transept
About 1910
Feb 2010
Before restoration, about 1850
During restoration 1880-1883
Feb 2010
Lenthening of the North asile
Feb 2010
About 1881, South transept complete
Just after resoration
Feb 2010
Before resoration, pre 1880
Just after resoration
Feb 2010
After 1883

I recently came across a collection of very old photos of various places in St Albans, some of which I have dated back to before 1874, this inspired me to look for other images on postcards to compare the changes over the years to how they look today.

More old pictures of The Abbey and other parts of St Albans can be found on my Flickr photostream

This page was added on 03/03/2010.

Comments about this page

  • Very interesting.

    By Colin hazell (21/03/2020)
  • How Wonderful to look here and see my favorite landmark.
    I live in Florence Colorado now and miss my Homeland St Albans, these pictures truely inspired me and warned my heart.
    Thank you so very much
    Mary Fagan.

    By Mary Fagan (07/11/2018)

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