Royston’s social history

Here you will find pages covering aspects of the town and its daily activities. 

In the first instance we are concentrating on aspects of Education and have highlighted two of the schools in the town. Reasearch is continuing into the many other schools which provided the town’s children with their education and this will appear in these pages in due course.

Education in the town


The Shaftesbury School

In 1903 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the National Refuge for Destitute and Homeless Children, the society, then known as Shaftesbury Society, proposed a development to provide training and education for girls aged between 5 and 11 years, who were orphans or from families of low income.

Find out more about life at the school as it took in up to 60 pupils at a time.

The Shaftesbury School

Queens Road Schools

The school was opening in September 1910 and many of the towns children were educated there. It was requisitioned in 1914 for use as an auxiliary hospital treating the wounded returning from the front line.

Find out more about the school and the disruption the Great War had on the lives of its pupils.

Queens Road Schools

Royston and District Family History Society Archive

The What Royston Did project has been fortunate in obtaining access to much of the archive of the Royston and District Family History Society. The members of the Society carried out a lot of reaserch on local families and had amassed a significant index of names from Royston and its surrounding area. They published these in several pamphlets covering different topics, including monumental inscriptions from the local cemeteries, traders names, militia lists, etc. They also published a journal three times a year which contained a number of articles written by its members, many of which are still of interest today.

The Society dissolved in 2016 and the What Royston Did Project is pleased to be able to made this resource available once again. Work on this is ongoing and these pages will eventually allow access to this resource which would otherwise have been lost. Please keep an eye on this section for updates.