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Stories From the Toll Houses

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Scotland's toll roads played an influential role in many of the cultural and social transformations of their day.  At a grass roots level, the toll roads have an exciting and chequered history.  Here are a handful of stories from the toll houses to breathe a little intrigue into Scotlands forgotten roads.

Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map
Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map

A Drink at the Bar?

How Scotland's toll houses doubled up as local pubs and gained quite a notorious reputation.

Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map

A Beggar's Highway

Oppressive for the rich, liberation for the poor.  The class dimension to Scotland's toll roads.

Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map

The Haunted Toll House

A local spook story of one of Scotland's most northerly toll houses.  This one's a bit of a 'toll' story!

Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map

'A New Earth'

How Scotland's toll roads played an important role in changing Scotland's landscape forever.

Scotland History Geography Transport GIS Toll Roads Turnpikes Toll House Map

A Riot in Duns

The story of a fierce riot against the toll roads in Duns. Rioting, bonfires, jailbreaks and all in one week!

For more information of Scotland's toll roads, check out the toll road project or mapping page.