600 year old monument opens Sustainable St Albans Week!

Our small team has just put out the request for groups to register their events for the week and we’ve been waiting with bated breath and fingers crossed to see how many groups are able to follow through with organised events!

When groups register their event or activity we can finally pull together the final programme!

If you have been following our news you will know that we have been inundated with groups wanting to support this week – and our small team is really excited to be experiencing a tremendous appetite in the district to do something about environmental sustainability!

We now have a draft programme for the week and it’s beginning to take shape – and look amazing! We have a mixture of public and private events taking place from Redbourn to London Colney and all places in-between. There are a few really special events taking place including on Sat 21 November where we have the Mayor opening the first event of Sustainable St Albans Week – with the Civic Society’s special winter opening of the Clock-Tower – a new opportunity for residents to walk the 93 narrow steps to the top!

clock-tower-jr Built between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral).

The Tower allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the Curfew. It also gave the alarm in case of ‘fire or fray’ – its bell rang out for the first Battle of St Albans during the Wars of the Roses in 1455. Today you can climb to the top of the Tower and enjoy magnificent views of St Albans, therefore, DISABLED ACCESS is difficult as there is a restricted entrance and 93 narrow steps to the top.

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