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A year at St Alban’s Abbey

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:45 14 June 2016

The cathedral on new year's eve (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)

The cathedral on new year's eve (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)

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Photographer Rosemary Cooper trained her lens on the life surrounding St Albans Cathedral – from the everyday to the extraordinary – over a complete year. Here are just a few of her remarkable images

Roaring lions in the Alban Pilgrimage (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)Roaring lions in the Alban Pilgrimage (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)

Living opposite one of the key sites of Christian worship in the world and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Britain, fine-art photographer Rosemary Cooper was inspired to spend a year recording life around St Albans Cathedral. Working in black and white film and producing the photographs in her home darkroom, she compiled from a collection of hundreds of images a book celebrating the role the ancient site plays in the community.

Up Waxhouse Gate (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)Up Waxhouse Gate (Photo: Rosemary Cooper)

Rosemary said, ‘The abbey has a dominant presence in the city. Month by month during the year, I endeavoured to capture the comings and goings in the streets which radiate from it. The images speak for themselves – conveying the vibrancy of this area of St Albans and reflecting the many services and events which occur annually within its perimeter.

A kick about in Vintry Gardens (Rosemary Cooper)A kick about in Vintry Gardens (Rosemary Cooper)

‘The cathedral is at the heart of all that takes place here and enriches the lives of those who tread these paths. The people and the city of St Albans are much blessed.’

For information on how to obtain a hard copy of the 240-page book featuring the year at the abbey, contact Rosemary at


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