The Salvation Army Hall, 16 – 18 Victoria Street
“Hello, I’m Sally, and I’ve been here in Victoria Street since 1911. Can you see my six foundation stones? One of them was laid by Samuel Ryder, the famous St Albans seed merchant, after whom the Ryder Cup is named. In the early 20th century the Salvation Army was expanding rapidly and I am one of 215 new citadels that they built across the UK.
The Salvation Army also had their printing works in St Albans. It was called the Campfield Press and at its peak it employed over 350 people.
But I have a secret and it’s hidden in my basement. In 1887 a privately owned public bath was built here. It wasn’t very well used and was eventually closed down. All that remains are some tiles from the swimming pool and hardly anybody knows that they are there.”
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