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Royston – Hertfordshire Has Some Very Interesting Attractions

By Frederick Hoymer

Royston – Hertfordshire is an active civil parish town in the north area of Hertfordshire, England. It is just 43 miles from central London. With a population of around 16,000, light industrial operations provide employment for many residents. Royston enjoys a healthy economy.

The town’s history covers a period of two millennia. When the Romans were in occupation, Royston was set up at the junction of two large roads – Ermine Street and Icknield Way. In prehistoric times, Icknield Way was a route that enabled traders to travel through the surrounding chalk hills.

In Norman times, a woman, Lady Roysia, put up a cross on the curbside where the two roads met. The cross did not stand the test of time but the stone base stayed in perfect condition. It now takes pride of place near the crossroad. It was named Roysia’s Stone, from which Royston derived its name.

The town lies on the border that separates Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The surrounding towns are Baldock, Letchworth, Cambridge and Hertford. The Royston Museum provides a fascinating history of this medieval town. There are many collections and memorabilia from bygone days, along with an impressive display of 19th Century glass and ceramics.

The Royston Tapestry will definitely interest visitors. The project has not yet been completed. In 1992, Jane Vincent, the curator at the time, decided that a large, eye-catching and imaginative tapestry should be created. It will show a sequence of events from the region’s history. Once complete, it will be 110 feet long. It can be viewed in the front area of the museum.

The Royston Cave is also a distinctive attraction. It is one of only two such caves in the whole world. The other is in Czechoslovakia. Its bell-shaped rounded cavity features intricate carvings done by medieval pagans. The origins of the cave are not really known, but historians believe it was used by the Knights Templar in the 13th Century.

Wimpole Hall is another popular attraction. This splendid stately home is six miles from Royston. The mansion, which is situated in the center of the estate, was designed by Elsie Bambridge. She was the daughter of Rudyard Kipling, the noted British poet and author.

Royston – Hertfordshire offers visitors lots of entertainment facilities. These include a variety of pubs, clubs, restaurants, music bars and a cinema. There are modern shopping complexes as well as interesting small shops that characterize the town’s past. Accommodation is available in hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, cottages, caravan parks and camping sites.

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