By Christopher O’Toole – March 11, 2010
Historian and tour guide Sandra Shevey, one of our travelbite correspondents, writes the following about her recent travels to the historic street market of St Albans, administrative and historic county of Hertfordshire, England, in the valley of the River Ver about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of London.
What impresses most about the ancient St Albans street market is the accord between market and supermarket.
The 1553 St Albans market still functions in the same vicinity within the area known as Market Place. This precinct was laid out as a large triangular space about 860AD, with enlargement in the mid 12th century. By 1287 market days were regular on Saturday and Wednesday.
What is unique about the St Albans market, one of the largest in England’s southeast, is the illusion of viewing it in situ, since many of the medieval, 17thc and 18thc houses and shops remain and are unaltered.
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