Area Guide: The popular St Stephen's area of St Albans

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:41 15 August 2019

Watford Road connects St Stephen's with Chiswell Green. Picture: DANNY LOO

Watford Road connects St Stephen's with Chiswell Green. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Between the city centre and Chiswell Green is the St Stephen's area of St Albans. We found out more about it.

Watling Street, looking towards the King Harry pub. Picture: DANNY LOOWatling Street, looking towards the King Harry pub. Picture: DANNY LOO

A mostly residential area, St Stephen's is centred on Watling Street's historic church of the same name.

Founded in 948AD, St Stephen's is a picturesque place of worship with a lively community. It operates in partnership with the more modern St Julian's Church on the Cottonmill estate.

Homes currently for sale in this part of St Albans include a two bedroom flat on Trevelyan Place, off St Stephen's Hill, for £500,000, and a five bedroom detached house on Watford Road for £1,195,000.

St Stephen's Church. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Stephen's Church. Picture: DANNY LOO

Transport

St Stephen's has excellent road links, with the A1(M), M25 and M1 all a short distance away.

The Abbey Line runs to and from Watford Junction, while speedy train services from St Albans City station can get you into the centre of London in around 20 minutes.

The King Harry pub. Picture: DANNY LOOThe King Harry pub. Picture: DANNY LOO

Schools

Primary schools in the St Stephen's area include Mandeville, Prae Wood, Killigrew and St Adrian's Catholic primary, all of which were rated 'good' by Ofsted at their last inspections.

The Malborough Science Academy is a 'good' secondary school in Watling Street, with a strong sense of community spirit and an exciting annual music festival, M Festival, which has been running for a decade.

For families looking to go private, St Columba's College is an independent Catholic day school for boys aged 4-18, located on King Harry Lane.

The King Harry pub in St Stephen's. Picture: DANNY LOOThe King Harry pub in St Stephen's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Amenities

There is a local grocery shop, a hairdressers, a launderette and a dog grooming parlour on Vesta Avenue. St Stephen's is also close to the Abbey View Retail Park, Griffiths Way, which has branches of The Range, Matalan, Halfords and Pets at Home, among other stores. A large Sainsbury's is just across the road, and there's a branch of Waitrose off King Harry Lane.

St Stephen's Avenue, St Albans. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Stephen's Avenue, St Albans. Picture: DANNY LOO

Food and drink

The row of shops on Vesta Avenue includes a handful of popular fast food outlets - a chicken shop, Chinese takeaway and a fish and chip bar. There is also a McDonald's on Griffiths Way, while Sainsbury's and The Range both have cafes.

The King Harry, aptly positioned in King Harry Lane, is a gastropub with a beer garden and snug, which offers everything from laidback lunches to hearty Sunday roasts.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks - arguably England's oldest pub, dating back to the 8th century - is on Abbey Mill Lane, on the edge of Verulamium Park. As well as food and drink, it also serves up its own merchandise range, including everything from hats to hoodies.

St Stephen's Avenue. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Stephen's Avenue. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Sport and leisure

There is a park with lovely trees and a play area off Wilshire Avenue, which extends to the back of St Stephen's Church, while the space between St Stephen's Avenue and King Harry Lane also has a playground.

Marlborough Science Academy, Watling Street. Picture: DANNY LOOMarlborough Science Academy, Watling Street. Picture: DANNY LOO

It's only a short walk to the city's main park, Verulamium, which is situated next to the picturesque Abbey cathedral. The park has a play area, lake, cafe and museum, as well as tennis courts, a splash park for young ones and an outdoor gym.

Equally close by is Westminster Lodge, off Holywell Hill, with its swimming pools, fitness classes, climbing wall and soft play.

St Stephen's residents have many popular attractions close at hand. Picture: DANNY LOOSt Stephen's residents have many popular attractions close at hand. Picture: DANNY LOO

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches)This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches)

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