Scheduled Monument

Hardgatehead,Roman road and turnpike road 600m SW ofSM3263

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Roman: road, Secular: road
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 12556 49873
312556, 649873


The monument comprises a well preserved stretch of Roman road and later turnpike road situated between Ingraston and Hardgatehead farms.

The Roman road ran from Carlisle to the Forth and has been

obliterated for much of its 9.5km length in Peebleshire. Here there is a cambered causeway (about 5.5m wide) with a side ditch present in some places. At its SW end the Roman road converges with an eighteenth century turnpike shown on the maps of Roy (1747-55) and Armstrong (1771), which then follows the course of the Roman road.

The area to be scheduled is linear on plan and measures 365m by 20m, to include the roadway, side ditches and associated evidence, such as quarry pits, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved stretch of Roman and later turnpike road which has the potential to provide information about past road construction techniques and the development of routes of communication, which were essential for social and economic progress throughout the history of Scotland.




RCAHMS 'Inventory of Peeblesshire', No. 634.

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