Answers to Local History Quiz

  1. What was the name of the priest who was protected by St Alban?


  • Which King was captured at the First Battle of St Albans in 1455?

King Henry VI

  • Which famous professor, an expert on ‘black holes’, attended St Albans’ School from the age of 11?

Stephen Hawking.

  • Wilfred ‘Billy’ Minter, whilst playing for St Albans City Football Club, broke an F.A. Cup record 99 years ago that still stands today. What was that record?

Billy Minter holds the FA Cup record of ‘player to score most goals in a single game whilst still finishing on the losing team.’ He scored all seven goals when St Albans City lost 8-7 to Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Cup in 1921.

  • Skyswood Primary School celebrate their 60th anniversary later this month. Mr Bridle is only the third head teacher since the school was built in 1960. Who were the other two?

Mr Porter 1960 – 1983, Mr Willison 1983-2006

  • Who is credited as being the founder of the St Albans’ market, and when did this happen?

Abbot Ulsinus in the 10th Century. The Abbot also founded St Albans school in 948AD.

  • Who granted St Albans with its City status, and when did this happen?

Queen Victoria granted the borough of St Albans city status in 1877. The borough was abolished on 1st April 1974 (no, this wasn’t a joke!) and the city status was then transferred to the entire District and City of St Albans.

  • Which pub in St Albans claims to be the oldest pub in England?

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.

  • Where does the name Marshalswick come from?

The name ‘Marshalswick’ comes from John and William Marschal (who owned the land between 1271 and 1377.) The word ‘wick’ meant ‘hamlet’ or ‘village’ in Old English.

  1. In 1995, St Albans Rugby Club reached the final of the Pilkington Shield and played at our national stadium in Twickenham. Who were their opponents in that final?


  1. When was the St Albans Clock Tower built?

1405. (It is the only medieval belfry in England).

  1. Which Bishop of St Albans went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991?

Robert Runcie.