Hertford. Prince Albert Cottages

Colin Wilson

Prince Albert Cottages. 2017
Colin Wilson
The blue plaque on Prince Albert Cottages. 2017
Colin Wilson
Sketch map showing the location.

These are not almshouses but model designs for dwellings for working people. As at least three people had mentioned them as almshouses, it seems worth keeping the record straight.

The original design was by H Roberts for Prince Albert, with some input from The Society for the Improvement of the Conditions of the Labouring Classes. They were displayed near the 1851 Great Exhibition, and were awarded a medal. Replicas were built in other places, including this building in Cowbridge, Hertford. The GoHertford website adds that they were built by The Hertford Building Company, on land given by Baron Dimsdale. They comprised 4 flats, 2 on the ground floor and 2 on the upper.

The blue plaque attached reads, ‘Prince Albert Cottages were built in 1864 for The Labourers’ Friendly Society to Henry Roberts’ Great Exhibition design of 1851’.

They were grade 2 listed by Historic England in July 1971, reference 1268921.


11 Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG
Grid reference:         532363 212782


The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire by N Pevsner 1953
(rev B Cherry 1977)
pub. Penguin Books 1977 ISBN 0 14 071007 8, 1977 p193

is a transcript of a talk by Len Green in 1994, which includes some information about these cottages. Accessed June 2018.

Accessed June 2018.

Accessed June 2018.

This page was added on 13/06/2018.

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  • We viewed the top left flat in the mid-80s. I think it was on sale for around £40,000?

    By A Botterill (21/09/2021)
  • They must have been very cramped in 1881 when my Great Grandfather was a boarder in one of the flats with a family of 8. The other 3 flats had a family of 5 with 2 boarders, a family of 3 with 2 lodgers and a family of 5 so a total of 26 people living in the four flats.

    By Marilyn Taylor (05/10/2018)