Royston Stocks – Tolbooth

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Melbourn Street, near the crossroads,  Royston

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   Before 1340

Year closed   Unknown

Building Type   Stocks

Descriptions

'A 'tolbooth' had existed in 1341 and contained the stocks. It may have been at the cross-ways near the site of the Clock House [Melbourn Street], where the stocks stood until they were removed to the Market Hill...[In 1340] Warin of Bassingbourn, the Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, entering the town armed, seized and carried off Simon Bakoun 'sitting in the stocks in the Tolbothe.' An affray followed in which the sheriff's bailiff wounded 'Simon le Irenmonger' of Royston. '

'Royston', in A History of the County of Hertford, edited by William Page, Vol.III, pp.253-265. London: Victoria County History. 1912.

'A toll booth, incorporating the town stocks, existed in 1341. Its precise location is unknown, although it is likely to have been near the crossroads....'

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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    'Royston', in A History of the County of Hertford, edited by William Page, Vol.III, pp.253-265. London: Victoria County History. 1912.

  • https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/herts/vol3/pp253-265#fnn48
  • 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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