New square development needs a name

RESIDENTS of Royston have been asked to ‘name that square.’

Work is to begin this summer on the development of the area known unofficially as Fish Hill Square, and with the majority of details for the project finalised, the one remaining decision is the name.

North Herts District Council (NHDC) spoke to people who live and work in the town about the plans for the square last year, with the idea of an official name one of the ideas discussed.

The most popular choices have been whittled down to a shortlist seven (see side panel), with NHDC now asking for residents to vote for their preferred choice.

People can vote on the NHDC website at, by email at or at Royston library. Voting ends on 23 May and the new name will be etched in to granite benches being fitted in the square.

What is your preferred choice for the naming of the square? Would you pick one of the suggested names or do you have another idea?

Let us know by emailing or writing to The Crow, 3 Angel Pavement, Royston, SG8 9AS.

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NHDC shortlist

King James’ Square - James I stopped in Royston on his way from Edinburgh to London to take possession of the throne and also visited the town for hunting. No.23 Kneesworth Street is grade I listed and is part of the former Royal Palace inhabited by James I.

Old Court House Square - The Old Court House is grade II listed and was built in 1849. It is the central feature on the south side of the square.

Priory Square - The Priory on Fish Hill is a Building of Local Interest built on the site of the domestic buildings to the original priory.

Fish Hill Square - Fish Hill is named after the fish market originally held there, and Fish Hill Square is how some people currently refer to the area.

Roysia Square - Royston is thought to have derived its name from Lady Roysia who possibly erected the cross where the two ancient routes of Ermine Street and Icknield Way met.

St John’s Square - The church of St John the Baptist lies to the east of the square.

Jubilee Square - In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.