In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Royston like this:
Royston, market town and par. with ry. sta., partly in Cambridgeshire, but chiefly in Herts, 12½ miles NE. of Hitchin, 315 ac., pop. 1712; P.O., T.O, 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Wednesday. Royston had an Augustinian priory, founded in time of Henry II., and a royal hunting seat, built by James I. The church is the old church of the priory. There is considerable trade in malt and corn; 4 fairs are held yearly. Royston gives the title of viscount to the Earl of Hardwicke.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Royston has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Hertfordshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Royston and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Royston in North Hertfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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