The Mayor unveils a Blue Plaque for the Museum+Gallery 8 Mar 2022
The Mayor unveils a Blue Plaque for the Museum+Gallery
Over the last couple of years the Blue Plaques St Albans group have been working to establish a scheme to commemorate famous citizens who have lived and worked in St Albans, with the aim of placing ‘blue plaques’ on buildings associated with their lives. The initiative resembles the well-known blue plaque scheme run by English Heritage in London.
The setting up of the Blue Plaques St Albans organisation is a important initiative. Although there are already some plaques in St Albans, celebrating famous men and women, they are few and far between and there are many more who should be commemorated – both for the community and visitors. A first batch of nominees has been identified, along with the buildings and places associated with them, and are now in the process of being approved.
Under the scheme the first plaque was unveiled by the Mayor, Cllr Edgar Hill. The plaque commemorates one of the leaders, John Ball, of the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. Although the Revolt was ultimately unsuccessful it shook the whole country and nearly caused the unseating of King Richard II. The tenants and townsfolk of St. Albans also rose up, broke into the gaol, generally caused mayhem and besieged the St Albans Abbey. John Ball was an English priest who was famous for his revolutionary sermons where he preached equality and freedom from oppression, “When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men”.
Following the failure of the Revolt John Ball’s trial was held in the Moot Hall in St Albans, which was demolished in 16th century and much later replaced by the present Town Hall building, and is now St Albans Museum+Gallery. Ball was sentenced to death, offered the chance to repent but refused, and he was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II on 15 July 1381.
Chaired by Prof Tim Boatswain, Blue Plaques St Albans is made up of representatives from:
- St Albans Civic Society
- St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society
- St Albans City Tour Guides
- St Albans Abbey Cathedral
- St Albans Museum+Gallery
- Conservation 50
- St Albans Business Improvement District (BID)
- St Albans City & District Council
If you would like to get involved or to make a donation to Blue Plaques St Albans please contact: email@example.com or phone 07873586074.