Royston Stocks – Market Hill

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Market Hill, opposite The Green Man,  Royston

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   1793

Century of Operation   1500-1599, 1600-1699, 1700-1799

Building Type   Stocks

Remarks   Moved to Fish Hill in 1793

Descriptions

'In Royston, Herts., after the abolition of the central prison-house in Melbourn Street [see separate listing], a cage was erected with stocks attached on the Market Hill, on the east side nearly opposite the Green Man, but they were removed at a later date to the Fish-hill, when an addition was made to the west side of the Parish-room, for the purpose, where the fire engines are now placed. An estimate in the parish books for the erection of a cage and stocks in Royston, Herts., at a cost of £10, in the year 1793, may perhaps fix the date at which each parish provided its own means of punishment of wrong-doers.'

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

'The stocks, which had previously been relocated from their medieval site in the ‘tolbothe’ to the top of Market Hill, were moved to Fish Hill, next to The Cage, in 1793'

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

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    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
  • 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

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