Stirling Tolbooth

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Stirling Tolbooth

The Stirling Tolbooth is the former Tolbooth of the Scottish city ​​of Stirling in the council area of the same name . In 1965 the building was included in the Scottish monument lists in the highest monument category A.


The Tolbooth des Burgh was built on the site as early as 1473 . At the beginning of the 18th century, it was decided to build today's Tolbooth. It was built between 1703 and 1705 to a design by the important Scottish architect William Bruce . Fragments of the late medieval Tolbooth were integrated into the structure. In 1785 an extension was made on the east side. On the south side, the court and prison were added between 1806 and 1811. Frederick Hill , as Scotland's prison inspector, described the prison in Stirling Tolbooth in 1842 as the worst prison in the country. The county prison committee then began planning a new prison structure, which was implemented with the nearby Stirling City Jail in the 1840s . Brown & Wardrop's plans to expand the Tolbooth in 1862 were not carried out. The now vacant building was converted between 1999 and 2001 into an event building with a restaurant and bar that focuses on art and music.


The Stirling Tolbooth is on Broad Street in the historic center of Stirling near the Church of the Holy Rude . The three-story, classicist building has a roughly U-shaped floor plan. Its masonry consists of sandstone blocks that were built into layered masonry . Quarry stone masonry is only visible on the west facade . The six-story tower at the edge of the building is striking. On its north side, a wide staircase in a round arch portal leads to the first floor. A small aedicula above the portal is empty. Tower clocks are embedded on all sides on the fifth floor. An iron railing runs around it. The tower includes a curved wooden cover with all-round dormer windows and weather vane.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. Entry on Stirling Tolbooth  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)
  3. Information about the prison history

Web links

Commons : Stirling Tolbooth  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 56 ° 7 '14.5 "  N , 3 ° 56" 34.1 "  W.