Balsham – A Village Story 1617 – 2017 says that the shelter was a memorial to William Alfred Prince. William died in 1928 and he left his estate to his sister Anne Ellen, She died in 1931 and left a bequest for a shelter to be built in memory of William to be named the Prince Memorial. William and Anne were the children of Thomas Prince, a Balsham family. William was a solicitor and ended up living in Kensington. Neither he nor his sister married.
The weather vane on the top was made by Harold Kitchener, blacksmith, whose forge one stood at 7 High Street.
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