There are over three hundred streets in St Albans' east end, from major trunk routes to country lanes, closes and avenues.

Almost all are named in Volume 2 of St Albans' Own East End, and an explanation given about the name's origin, or probable origin.

Just a few have not. If you have some information to add, please email us with your comments and suggestions.

Wormleighton Road

You won't find this on a modern street plate; today it is Gainsborough Avenue. But the 1924 map, before development began, has it labelled Wormleighton, after the Warwickshire estate owned by the Spencer family before the Civil War. Much of its manor building was destroyed by fire, and the family acquired and developed the Althorp estate instead.


Gresford Close

A house was demolished at the Hatfield Road end of Colney Heath Lane to give access to a small estate of homes, completed in 1973. The road is named after E Michael Gresford Jones, Bishop of St Albans between 1950 and 1970. Note: this corrects the definition given in Volume 2.


Haig Close, Wingate Way, Gordon Close, Kitchener Close

A group of roads off Cell Barnes Lane, built c1976 partly on former allotments, a playing field, the old circus field. In addition 25 numbers 53 to 97) houses built as part of the Springfield estate c1928 were demolished in 1975. Note: this is additional to the information given in volume 2.


Chandlers Road

Update: Volume 2 notes a former field called Chandlers Grove Field. The Chandler family held land to the north-east of St Albans, finally selling their interest in land near Sandridge in the 1970s. The road between Hazelmere Road and The Ridgeway, recognises this farming family.


Cavendish Road

William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire, and one time president of the (Royal) Horticultural Society, developed one of the country's finest orchid collections. The Cavendish estate, begun in the 1880s, was a development by Friederick Sander, "the orchid king".


Unexplained names

Ashbourne Court
Bryn Way
Cape Avenue
Charlotte Close
Church Croft
College Road
Craiglands
Cranbrook Drive
Crosby Close
Downes Road
Eaton Road
Elizabeth Court
Faircross Way
Gainsborough Avenue
Gleave Close
Glenferrie Road
Gurney Court Road
Howard Close
Kensington Close
Luna Place
Merryfields
Pickford Road
Sandfield Road
Sefton Close
Shirley Road
Wellington Road