Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 21139 40106
321139, 640106


Late 18th century. Single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, piended roofed, former tollhouse on sloped site with adjoining single storey wing to right and store below to rear. Coursed whinstone with sandstone dressings; painted cills and stone lintels.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central 2-leaf boarded entrance door with window to flanks. To right of main building, adjoining single storey wing: door to extreme left breaking through eaves and rising into dwarf flat-roofed dormer with EDSTON TOLL painted on lintel; blind to right return.

SE ELEVATION: window to right, blind to left of elevation and falling away to follow contour of hill.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: to left, later wing with regularly placed paired windows; to right, main house with window to right and paired cast-iron Carron lights to roof.

NW ELEVATION: window to left with single storey wing (see PRINCIPAL ELEVATION) adjoining to right.

Glazing plan lost, windows in-filled by modern composite blocks but originally 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Timber boarded entrance doors in situ. Piended grey-blue slate roof to main building and wing. Later metal ridging, flashing and valleys. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Harled brick stack with later single can to central roofline.

INTERIOR: main house not seen, 2002; wing contains 20th century scullery.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally, this cottage was a toll house on the 18th century Peebles to Biggar "turnpike" road. The road had been upgraded following the 1751 Act passed to enable the establishment of "Turnpike Trusts". Tolls were abolished in Peeblesshire in 1866; hence this building would have become purely residential. Technically, legislation stated that once a Toll road had recouped the money for its construction, the Toll House was to be demolished. Some were not, and this is one of the surviving ones within the parish, another being sited at Neidpath. This tollhouse was known by a variety of names; on the 1st edition OS map is marked as 'Lynesmill TP'; others knew it as 'Edston Toll' (which is painted on the building) and some just called it 'Lyne Toll'. The building, sited on the south side of the A72 near Lynesmill and Lynesmill Bridge, sits within a small parcel of land with a garden to the sides and rear. Currently not in use.



1st Edition ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP (circa 1857) showing Lyne or Edston Tollhouse. C A Strang, BORDERS AND BERWICK (1994) p242 for information on the Lyne area. John Dent and Rory McDonald, FARM & FACTORY, REVOLUTION IN THE BORDERS (2001) pp20-21.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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