Aberdeen, Castle Street, Municipal Buildings And Tolbooth

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Aberdeen, Castle Street, Municipal Buildings And Tolbooth

Site Name Aberdeen, Castle Street, Municipal Buildings And Tolbooth

Classification Sundial (period Unassigned), Tolbooth (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Aberdeen, 2 Broad Street, Old Town House; Lodge Walk; Tolboth Tower; Sheriff Courthouse; Aberdeen City Chambers; Town House; Town House Extension

Canmore ID 20154

Site Number NJ90NW 33

NGR NJ 94370 06358

Datum Osgb36 - Ngr

Council Aberdeen, City Of

Parish Aberdeen

Ordnance Survey licence number 100020548. All rights reserved.
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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 671146

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 33 94370 06358

(NJ 9440 0635) Tollbooth (NR) (Remains of)

OS 1:500 map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd ed., (1901).

For Old Aberdeen Town House (NJ 9391 0848), see NJ90NW 184.

The remains of the tolbooth dating from 1615 to 1627, stand on the site of its predecessor built in 1394. The frontage to Castle Street is now obscured by modern buildings but a square three-storey, ashlar tower with corbelled bartizans and spire is still exposed in Lodge Walk.

Visited by OS (JLD) 22 August 1952.

R Anderson 1910; HBD List No.56, 17

A five-storey tower, with battlemented and turreted parapet and a spire, engulfed within 19th century offices. It was built between 1615 and 1630, the spire being repaired in 1648 and renewed in 1839.

J Neild 1812; Spalding Club 1844-8; J Rettie 1868; G Stell 1981.

During consolidation work, mortar-bonded walls were discovered below the floor of the Old Town House, in the area in which the 17th-century Tolbooth is incorporated. The area uncovered seemed to include a small chamber or cell c2.7 by 1.4m with part of a narrow entrance passage. The chamber had the remnants of a brick vaulted roof which may not have been part of the original structure.

J A Stones and A S Cameron 1989

During continued alterations in and around the 17th-18th century structure, previously obscured openings and other details were recorded in cooperation with RCAHMS.

J Stones 1990.

(GRC/AAS sites NJ90NW 45 and 168). Tolbooth dating from 1615-27 on site of predecessor built in 1394. The frontage to Castle Street is now obscured by modern buildings but a square three-storey tower with corbelled bartizans, steeple and spire is still exposed in Lodge Walk. The great square tower was built in 1615 and a belfry and spire added in 1627, although the present spire dates from 1726 when the first clock was installed; the present clock dates from 1817.

The main function of the building was as a prison, the town house proper lying to the W; this was repaired in 1670 and rebuilt in 1729 when a staircase was added.

(Bibliographic and newspaper references cited).

NMRS, MS/712/83.

Air photographs.

Marischal College and City Chambers: AAS/00/08/CT, AAS/00/12/CT and AAS/00/12/G30/13.

Town House and King Street: AAS/00/12/CT.

NMRS, MS/712/100.

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