Royston and District Local History Society


On these pages you will find details of the work and aims of the Society, together with information on the history of Royston, Hertfordshire and links to local history resources.


David Allard, BEM

The Society is sad to acknowledge the passing of our long standing Treasurer, David Allard. He was a linchpin within the society.

Among the many additional tasks he undertook were greeting visitors to our meetings, ensuring that samples of our publications were available and organising the speakers.

He will be greatly missed.

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Memorial Service

A memorial service for David is to take place in St. John the Baptist Parish Church on
18th November 2023 at 2pm

All are welcome.

New payment method

Card Payments

The Society now has the facility to take payments via card at its monthly meetings. This will make it easier to make payments for such items as book purchases and the annual outing.

Message to Organisations

If your organisation has previously contacted the Society through our late Treasurer, David Allard, please let us know by using this link.

Contact us


The Society organises a number of public lectures each year and all members are entitled to attend these meetings. The venue for these is Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA.

The lectures are also open to the public, on payment of a small entrance fee, currently £3.00. Visitors may use the car park accessed via King James Way. 

In addition, the Society has an annual coach outing to a place of historic interest - the coach outing is open to members and non-members.


The Crown public house which stood at the Cross until road widening lead its demolition.

About the Society

The Society is a non-profit making organisation whose objectives are to -

  • Safeguard, record and preserve the local history of Royston and the area for future generations.

  • Increase the level of interest and awareness of local history amongst the town’s residents.

  • Contribute to the growth of the Museum.

  • Maintain and preserve Royston Cave.  The Society has three trustees, with background knowledge, who sit on the RTC Cave committee.

  • Provide consultation on planning applications relating to the historic fabric of the town.

  • The Society has two trustees who sit on the Board of the Museum Trust.

  • The Society is the owner of much of the Museum Collection.