I suggest that St Alban has better credentials than any other candidate as England's patron saint. The book Ms Doyle quotes, by the Venerable Bede, says a great deal about Alban. Alban was the first Christian martyr of England, pre- dating Cuthbert by some 400 years.
Unlike Cuthbert, Alban was not a bishop (which may be to his advantage) - he was a Christian layman of but a few days' standing when he was martyred.
Like Cuthbert, Alban is credited with causing springs to flow from the ground on which he walked, and causing flowers to bloom. Like Cuthbert, his place of witness has also been for many centuries a focus of pilgrimage and prayer. However, like George, tradition holds that Alban was possibly a Roman soldier (which does not mean he or George were not Englishmen).
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
St Albans, Hertfordshire
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