When it was clear that the discovery of the priest was imminent, Alban dressed himself in the priest’s cloak and was arrested in his stead. He was interrogated and tortured but refused to renounce his faith. He was beheaded on 22nd June (his ‘day’), probably in the year 250.
The city of Verulamium was later renamed St Albans (in Hertfordshire). The place of his execution became the site of an early church, and a few centuries later the Abbey Church of St Albans was built, in which Alban’s late-mediaeval shrine still stands.