Location Melbourn Street, near the crossroads, Royston
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened Before 1340
Year closed Unknown
Building Type Stocks
'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
We don’t have any historical or contemporary pictures of this lock-up at present. If you could give us one, or maybe several, we would be delighted! Follow this link to submit an image of this lock-up. For more information on how to photograph lock ups for the purposes of historical research, please see our User Guide.