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Royston Stocks – Fish Hill

Overview

Location   Fish Hill,  Royston

County   Hertfordshire

Year Opened   1793

Year Closed   c.1897

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Remarks   Assumed demolished at same time as the Cage

Further information can be found at
https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/royston-stocks-fish-hill/

Descriptions

  • '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...The Cage and the old Fire Station had been demolished to make room for the Jubilee Fire Station in 1897.'
    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

  • '[the stocks and cage] 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. [There was 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'
    Alfred Kingston, Fragments of Two Centuries: Glimpses of Country Life When George III. Was King. Royston: Warren Brothers. 1893

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