NY5791 : Old Toll Pillar at Bloody Bush

taken 3 years ago, 4 km from Dinlabyre, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Old Toll Pillar at Bloody Bush
Old Toll Pillar at Bloody Bush
View south-west along the Border Line. The boundary is also between English forestry on the left (recently clear-felled), and tussocky Scottish moorland of the Larriston Fells on the right. Further south though, after crossing the notorious bog of Hobb's Flow, trees encroach on both sides of the Border along the Kershope Burn.
Bloody Bush
Old maps show a 'Site of Battle' at Bloody Bush. It was in fact more of a nasty skirmish (or 'sanguinary encounter', as James Logan Mack tells it) between Border Reivers. A party of english raiders had camped here overnight and were found and killed by Liddesdale men. The exact date is unknown but likely to have been in the C15th or 16th centuries.

The old road between Lewisburn in Tynedale and Dinlabyre in Liddesdale was a major thoroughfare between the two valleys. Until the coming of the trains in the 1860s, it was used to carry coal from collieries at Lewisburn and Plashetts to fuel the woollen mills of the Scottish Borders.

The road was well surfaced in its later years, with good bridges on the eastern side LinkExternal link

The Toll Pillar was set up by the two landowners in the 1830s and is a substantial structure some 15 feet high with an inscribed plaque on its north side.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Boundary, Barrier  Woodland, Forest  Moorland 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5712 9103 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:12.6984N 2:40.5246W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 57151 91071
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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