A short walk along St Michael’s Street reveals the village’s long history
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Entering, say from Bluehouse Hill, we have behind us the Roman Theatre and ahead of us Verulamium Musem.
St Michael's School
On our right is St Michael's School, founded in 1811 by the Earl of Verulam.
St Michael's Church
Behind the school lies St Michel's Church which is said to have been founded by Ulsinus, Abbot of St Albans Abbey in 948AD
St Michael's Street
Now we can walk further along St Michael's Street through a scene of domestic and public architecture of many ages. This narrow street was once part of the main coaching road from London to the North West & Ireland.
We soon reach the river Ver with its Roman Ford, Elizabethan Watermill and 18c Bridge
To our right, before we cross the bridge, stretches Bell Meadow, the ancient flood plain for the Ver, forming part of Verulamium Park gifted to the public over 79 years ago, (beneath the park lies the Roman town).
Now, after crossing the bridge, we pass Kingsbury Manor, a medieval foundation and on our right, can enjoy a lovely view into Fishpool Street, outstanding for its range of architecture.
Next we go left into Branch Road. On our left, Art Deco presents itself in the shape of the former dairy buildings.
Kingsbury grange barn
Almost hidden is our oldest secular building, Kingsbury's medieval grange barn. (no public access)