This weekend sees the City celebrating "The Alban Pilgramage" which will retrace Alban's final steps during a time when Verulamium, as it was then, was full of Roman centurians and chariots. The procession will go through the High Street to the top of Holywell Hill and on to the Cathedral where his execution took place and where he is buried.
Alban was taken to the pagan temple where he was presented to the judge who demanded that Alban renounce Christianity and offer sacrifices to the gods. Alban declared, "I worship and adore the true and living God who created all things." The enraged judge ordered him to be whipped, thinking that Alban would recant after torture, which he didn't. Alban was ordered to be executed.
Alban was beheaded where the Cathedral stands today and it is said that when his head was rolled down the hill, a well miraculously opened up. The well is still there today - hence the name, Holy Well (or Holywell) Hill.
Far from it for me to be controversial, but I do feel that Saint Alban would make a far more appropriate patron saint than George, who wasn't even English !