Peterborough Civic Society

Plaque 15    The Old School, Alwalton
Sir Henry Royce, a founder partner in Rolls Royce, was born at Alwalton Mill in 1863. Whether the young Royce went to school in Alwalton is one of many uncertain details of his early life. The family left Alwalton when he was very young and went to London. He probably came back to Peterborough to be apprenticed at the Great Northern Railway's engineering works but did not serve his full term. Much later in 1884 he set up business as an engineer in Manchester. He died in 1933 and his ashes were buried in Alwalton Church in 1937.
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