Not far removed from London, in Hertfordshire, the city of St Albans has a long, rich history which stretches back to the Bronze Age. When the Romans settled this area in the first century before the Common Era, they called it Verulamium. The Roman influence today is pervasive, down to the name of the river flowing through town, the River Ver. Verulamium Park and the Verulamium Museum showcase all surviving Roman artifacts, such as the remnants of the city walls and the Roman theatre. The impact of the Norman rulers on England can be seen in the Norman-Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, which dates from the year 1077.