AL1 (St. Albans) area guide
The AL1 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Ashley, Clarence, Colney Heath, Cunningham, Hertfordshire, Marshalswick South, Sopwell, St Albans, St Peters, St Stephen, Verulam.
St. Albans is incredibly rich in both history and heritage. The town first appeared as an Iron Age settlement, along the Ver. The inhabitants traded with the Romans prior to the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. The St. Albans of today is very much based upon the medieval town which began to grow around the Abbey. In fact, at one time, the Abbey of St. Albans was the premier Abbey of England; the Magna Carta was drawn up here! The Abbots developed the marketplace and St. Peter’s Street in the 12th century to stimulate the economic heart of the new town. The St Albans School, which was a public school founded in AD948, was the only English-speaking school to have educated a Pope. The local economy experienced rather slow growth prior to the 20th century, which was quite reflective of the town’s rural location. The area experienced a tremendous growth in the hospitality industry with the emergence of inns dating back to Tudor times, as St. Albans was a highly popular overnight stopping ground en route to London. Throughout the post-World War II era, St. Albans significantly expanded, with the redistribution of the formerly urban population to new towns.
St. Albans is quite a bustling place, with many live concert venues, theatre productions, restaurants and clubs. Located just twenty miles outside of London, St Albans is a very popular base for business commuters and sightseers alike. With its close proximity to the city, St Albans is a fairly affluent neighbourhood, consisting mainly of young couples with children. Crime rates are quite low in the area.
The average value of a three-bedroom residence in St Albans is around £300,000 - well above the national average. Among the less-expensive streets to live on, Cotsmoor has affordable residences from around £120,000. For those without any fiscal concerns, however, the average value of a property on Pondwicks Close costs around £1.5 million.
Among the must-see sights in town is the 15th century clock tower whose chimes can still be heard across the city. The ancient tower clock casts a shadow throughout the town and is a staple element of St Albans’ medieval history. Another historic must-see is St. Albans Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century (the first Norman abbot). With an 84 metre nave, St Albans is the longest cathedral in England.
St Albans is the perfect city suburb with direct National Rail connections from London St. Pancras, etc. There are also a number of different coach lines that run to and from St. Albans to simplify travel plans.