St Alban

Died aged unknown

Saint Alban (/ˈɔːlbən, ˈæl-/; Latin: Albanus) is venerated as the first-recorded British Christian martyr, for which reason he is considered to be the British protomartyr. Along with fellow Saints Julius and Aaron, Alban is one of three named martyrs recorded at an early date from Roman Britain ("Amphibalus" was the name given much later to the priest he was said to have been protecting). He is traditionally believed to have been beheaded in Verulamium (modern St Albans) sometime during the 3rd or 4th century, and his cult has been celebrated there since ancient times.

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Saint Alban's Church may have originated in Roman times, although there is no conclusive evidence to support such an early date. However, it is believed that a church was in existence here by c. 720. The present building is at least early Norman (c.1175) with possibly some of the stonework being Anglo-Saxon. In common with other surviving medieval churches in Worcester, it was heavily restored and altered in the 19th and 20th centuries. The man to become Saint Alban (the first British Martyr) was serving as a soldier in the Roman army during the 3rd or 4th century. He was converted to Christianity by a fugitive priest to whom he gave shelter. They exchanged identities so that he was martyred in the priest's place. His tomb was revered and later became a church, then an abbey around which developed the town of St. Alban's (formerly the Romano-British settlement Verulamium). His feast day is celebrated on June 22nd.

St Alban's Church, Deansway, Worcester, United Kingdom where they is commemorated