Today, the city of ST. ALBANS, built on the ancient Watling Street in Hertfordshire, was known as Verulamium, and was the second largest settlement in Roman times outside of Londinium. It became known in its present form after a Roman British citizen named Alban, who at the end of the 3rd Century AD stood trial in place of a priest he had helped to escape and was condemned to death for refusing to give up his faith. His martyrdom inspired pilgrims to The Abbey that was founded by King Offa in 793. This venerable building ‘The oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain’ is still a site of pilgrimage and has had bells rung from its tower since 11th Century. Today, this tower is the earliest remaining Norman tower in the country and has a ring of 13 bells. These will be rung for ST. GEORGE and their celebration will be heard for miles around.