Royston, St Benedict's Priory And Melbourn Street 1929

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Caption for Royston, St Benedict's Priory And Melbourn Street 1929: This patterned red-brick Victorian building was occupied from 1916 onwards by the Benedictine nuns of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Montmartre, OSB and used as a novitiate house, before being acquired by the local council, and replaced by the present police station. The building at the crossroads beyond was the Mechanics Institute, built in 1855, and is now the Town Hall. The magnificent horse chestnut trees stand in the Priory Memorial Gardens, where the dead of the First World War are commemorated.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Royston


I was stationed at 104 Veh Coy (AFV) RAOC in the early fifties as an eighteen year old conscripted soldier. I have tried all ways to find any details of the camp and had no luck at all. I would appreciate it if anyone can recall anything at all concerning the camp. My memories of the place are very dim; I remember the 'The (...Read full memory)

A memory that I shouldn't recollect. I could have only been about 4 years old and I can remember staying at Heath Lodge with my family. It was I think used as a halfway house for families waiting for housing in the 1960s. I'm now 50 and I can still remember my mother taking me to the nursery underneath the (...Read full memory)

I lived on the camp site for 5 years - my father was the link trainer for pilots there. I can remember going to the cinema there - smoking up the back - then realising my mum and sister were in there that same night !!!! I must have been about 12 at the time. There was the Church Army canteen where my older sister went - (...Read full memory)

My father was stationed at Bassingbourn 1942-1945. Mother was a nurse in England during WW2 and I was born in England in 1945. We lived in Royston at 14 Green Street. My mother and myself came to the US in 1947. I still have relatives in England (Stotfold, Henlow and Lincoln) and Scotland (Paisley and (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Royston, St Benedict's Priory And Melbourn Street 1929: This patterned red-brick Victorian building was occupied from 1916 onwards by the Benedictine nuns of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Montmartre, OSB and used as a novitiate house, before being acquired by the local council, and replaced by the present police station. The building at the crossroads beyond was the Mechanics Institute, built in 1855, and is now the Town Hall. The magnificent horse chestnut trees stand in the Priory Memorial Gardens, where the dead of the First World War are commemorated.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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