Royston Pillory

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Melbourn Street,  Royston

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   After 1787

Century of Operation   1700-1799

Building Type   Pillory

Descriptions

'The town pillory stood to the east of the prison house [Melbourn Street] and Royston Cave. It disappeared towards the end of the 18th century and was replaced by stocks in both counties [Herts and Cambs].'

Keith J. Fitzpatrick-Matthews and Siân U O’Neill, Observation of works at Fish Hill Square, Royston, Hertfordshire, 2011. North Herts District Council Museums Service. 2012

'Near the Old Prison House, standing a little eastward of the summit of the Cave, in Melbourn Street, which did duty for both civil parishes of Herts. and Cambs., stood the Royston pillory and also the stocks, but towards the end of the century the pillory disappeared, and stocks had to be set up in each parish. I can find no record of any actual punishments by the Melbourn Street pillory, '

Alfred Kingston, Fragments of Two Centuries: Glimpses of Country Life When George III. Was King. Royston: Warren Brothers. 1893

'An Extraordinary Meeting of the Committee was held [in Royston] on 31st October, 1787, for the purpose of taking into consideration the Proclamation for preventing and punishing profaneness, vice, and immorality...[ordered that] "Persons who sell by fake weights and measures in market towns, 6s. 8d. first offence; 13s. 4d. second offence; 20s. third, and pillory."'

Alfred Kingston, Fragments of Two Centuries: Glimpses of Country Life When George III. Was King. Royston: Warren Brothers. 1893

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SOURCES

    Keith J. Fitzpatrick-Matthews and Siân U O’Neill, Observation of works at Fish Hill Square, Royston, Hertfordshire, 2011. North Herts District Council Museums Service. 2012
  • Alfred Kingston, Fragments of Two Centuries: Glimpses of Country Life When George III. Was King. Royston: Warren Brothers. 1893

  • https://www.gutenberg.org/files/21352/21352-h/21352-h.htm#img-087

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