St Albans Mayor unlocked the door of the City’s historic Clock Tower on Good Friday, 3 April, ready to welcome visitors for the summer season.
Cllr Geoff Harrison, Mayor of St Albans City and District, then climbed the 93 steps to the tower’s roof, to enjoy the fine views of the City.
Members of St Albans Civic Society and St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society (SAHAAS) accompanied the Mayor on his climb.
Volunteers from the Civic Society and SAHAAS open the Clock Tower for visitors every Saturday from Easter weekend to the end of September. Entry to the Clock Tower costs £1 per adult, accompanied children go free. Disabled access is difficult as there is a restricted entrance and 93 narrow steps to the top.
The tower is also opened up for visitors on special occasions, such as the switch-on of the Christmas lights.
Cllr Geoff Harrison, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “The Clock Tower is a jewel in St Albans’ crown, and the only medieval town belfry left in England. I am very pleased to open it officially to visitors for the summer season. I hope many people will take the opportunity of visiting it to enjoy the magnificent views across our beautiful City and far into the Hertfordshire countryside. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful volunteers who make it possible for people to visit the tower.”
To mark the opening for the summer season, the Mayor took with him a three kilo ceremonial key believed to be for the Clock Tower. The ceremonial key was recently found in storage at Verulamium Museum and dates back to before the restoration of the Clock Tower in 1866If anyone has any information that they could share about this old key, please contact the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society on [email protected] or 01727 569581.