Royston’s social history

Explore Royston’s social history in this new section of the site.

Initially the emphasis is on education in the town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other topics will be added over time so return to this page for updates.



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 war had on the lives of its then pupils.

Queens Road Schools

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