Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
High Street, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire
01659 50186
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tolbooth or town house was the main municipal building of a Scottish burgh, from medieval times until the 19th century. The tolbooth usually provided a council meeting chamber, a court house and a jail.

Designed by William Adam, Sanquhar Tolbooth was built in 1735 on the site of its predecessor. A two-storey building with a tall clock tower, records suggest that stone from Sanquhar Castle was used in its construction.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
The former cells on the ground floor are open for exhibition, as is a set of jougs attached to the wall, by the side of the prison door.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of any other online resources
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Admission is free; the museum is seasonal so closes on 31st October; during the season it is open Tuesday to Saturdays: 10.00 to 13.00 and then 13.30 to 16.00. Timed entry tickets need to be booked via:
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum is accessed via steps – please telephone for further details; public toilets are available 150m from the museum.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
None given
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