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Melbourn Street




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Composite
About the memorial: The Grade II listed memorial in the town of Royston in the north of Hertfordshire stands set back from the pavement in a rectangular space. The main feature of the memorial, which is at the back of this space, is a classical aedicule, or shrine, flanked by inscribed Portland stone plaques listing the names, ranks and decorations of the World War I fallen. This forms the centrepiece of a brick and flint wall with Portland stone coping which extends to either side of the aedicule and then turns at right angles to form three side of a rectangle. The return walls have semi-circular recesses in them. Above the aedicule is a pediment with a cross at the apex and within it a cartouche with a shallow relief carving of the Hertfordshire hart between two swags. Across the entablature are the dates 1914 and 1918 and the inscription In Proud Memory. Between the pilasters of the aedicule is a relief sculpture in Portland stone of a group of historic military figures, including a bowman of Agincourt, a knight in armour, a Cromwellian Ironside and a soldier of the Napoleonic Wars. In front of these stone figures is a freestanding bronze statue of a World War I infantryman depicted standing on rough ground. To his right on this ground is a sculpture of the Royston crow. The plinth on which the soldier stands is inscribed with the names of the men who fell in World War II, and on a paving stone in front of it is the dedication. The forecourt is paved with York stone. The memorial stands on Melbourn Street outside the Priory memorial gardens.
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