NT1451 : The Old Toll House, West Linton

taken 8 years ago, near to West Linton, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

The Old Toll House, West Linton
The Old Toll House, West Linton
The building is about 200 years old. It was built at a strategic point on what was then one of the main routeways from the central Lowlands of Scotland through the Pentland Hills to the Borders and beyond into England.
This route, used for many hundreds of years, reached its zenith when droving trade between England and Scotland was at its height in the 18th century, and many thousands of cattle and sheep passed through annually.
Tolls were exacted from drovers and other travellers in order to provide revenue for the upkeep of the road and bridges. Linton Toll House was the first to be encountered on entering Peeblesshire from the north, and a ticket purchased here exempted the traveller from any further tolls within the county. Anyone found avoiding payment of tolls was very severely fined.
The building is now a tea shop.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 12 October, 2009
Category
Toll house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 149 516 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:45.0270N 3:21.3828W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 149 515
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