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A church has existed at Verulamium on the site of the reputed martyrdom of St Alban at least since the time of Bede; c.794 King Offa endowed a monastery. In 1077 Paul of Caen, the first Norman abbot, began to rebuild it. At the Reformation the church was bought from Edward VI (1553) for use as a parish church. In 1877 a diocese of St Albans was created and the abbey became the cathedral church.

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