Conservation 50 is a collaboration between St Albans Civic Society,  Abbey Precincts Residents Association and Aboyne Residents Association. It was organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservation Area in St Albans, whose Local Authority was among the first to implement the scheme. Our aim was to assess its current value to the city and residents throughout the District, and to establish what is necessary for the protection and enhancement of our Conservation Areas in the future.  The C50 conference took place on  6 July 2019.

The feedback about Conservation 50 activities has been very positive. The events and the accompanying publicity have not only drawn attention to the importance of conservation but have also highlighted some of the issues associated with conservation areas. The steering group has been enthused enough to want to continue promoting conservation areas within the City and District, so it is proposed that C50 should continue. Two immediately practical projects are being planned: to establish an appropriate ‘Blue Plaques’ scheme for the city (associating people and events with buildings and places) and to promote the formation of Conservation Area Advisory Committees to support the maintenance and development of conservation areas.

Conservation 50 is most grateful for the support it has received.


Conservation Areas were introduced after 1967 and there are now 10,000 in the UK. Their primary purpose was “the protection and improvement of buildings of architectural or historic interest and of the character of areas of such interest”. The process of designating a Conservation Area is managed by the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act and is usually handled by local authorities, although English Heritage can get involved.

You can see a map of the St Albans City and District Conservation Areas here

Funding for a Conservator’s Report on St Albans’ Succubus

There is a timbered and cobbled passageway between French Row and Christopher Place, once the entrance to the stable yard of the Christopher Inn which was one of the most famous hostels in St Albans.  At the end of the Christopher Inn passageway, there is a carved wooden bracket representing a grotesque: a succubus.  The Christopher Inn succubus is not in a good state, affected by dampness and crudely painted over, it is in need of conservation. The succubus is owned by St Albans City & District Council, who have given Conservation 50 permission to conserve the wooden bracket. Following advice from Historic England and English Heritage, Conservation 50 is now in a position to approach a conservator and are seeking funds to support this, if you can help click here to find out more.

Conservation 50 Committee

  • Chairman: Tim Boatswain (Chair of SACS)
  • Deputy Chairman: Robert Pankhurst (Secretary of APRA, SACS)
  • Conference Organiser: Fiona Couper (Chair of ARA, SACS)
  • Competition and Reception Co-ordinator: Kate Buckley (APRA)
  • Exhibition Organiser: Geoffrey Dyson (APRA, SACS)
  • Treasurer: Freda Chaloner (SACS)
  • Fund-raising Co-ordinator: Mike Gray (SACS)
  • Anthony Oliver
  • Edgar and Jennie Hill

with help from Eric Roberts, Margaret and Bob Grover, Nadia Bishara

If you would like to contact us please email us at:



  • Collinson Hall
  • Debenhams Ottaway
  • DLA Town Planning
  • Fishpool Street Residents’ Association
  • Govia Thameslink Railways
  • Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget Scheme
  • Reef Group
  • Society of St Michael’s and Kingsbury
  • St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society
  • St Albans BID
  • St Albans City & District Council
  • St Albans Museums + Galleries

Alleyways Project

Conservation 50 have initiated a project to improve the centrally located alleys of St Albans City.  A project team has been formed from members of the Civic Society and the Architectural & Archaeological Society.  The alleyways are used by businesses, residents and visitors alike and should represent the best picture that historic St Albans can offer.