Booklet published by the Royston and District Local History Society in 2006, 90 pages. Spiral bound A5 size booklet (N4868)
This booklet provides a fascinating account of the inns, pubs and taverns of the Hertfordshire town of Royston, and offers a wonderful insight into the social history of the town in times gone past...
From the booklet: Royston, in the extreme north-east Hertfordshire, stands at the intersection of two ancient routes for travellers. One of these, the Icknield Way, a prehistoric trackway running east to wesrt, has been superseded as a major transport route by the road through Hitchin, Baldock and Royston (A505), which leads eventually to Newmarket and East Anglia. The other, Roman Ermine Street from London to Lincoln, has remained for centuries an important route from London to the north, known as the Old North Road.
Roystons situation a this important crossroads.... all attracted to the town visitors and travellers, and led to the establishment of inns, public houses and taverns to meet the needs for refreshment and lodging
From the introduction: Over 60 licensed public houses are known to have existed in the town, and this booklet identifies and describes as many of them as possible. The definition of 'licensed premises' is not always easy and for the purposes of this booklet the term includes only traditional inns and hotels where accomodation was available, public houses selling wine and beer, and simple taverns selling just beer.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spiral binding is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover