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The Tolbooth - an historic building in stirling

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In 1689 the existing Tolbooth was declared by the Town Council to be "ruinous" and a new one was ordered to be built. The result was one of the first tolbooths built "Strictly in the classical manner!" and the fine "Dutch Pavillion" roof to the tower is one of the few surviving in Scotland.
The new tolbooth which faces onto Broad Street was built in 1703-5, extended in 1785 and again between 1806 and 1811 when a jail and courthouse were added. Prisoners were held in the tower and hung outside the building for the worst crimes. Some of the victims were said to of been buried under the foundations. As a consequence of It's purpose the Tolbooth is said to be very haunted, many people have heard footsteps upstairs and felt themselves suddenly go cold.
Conditions in the prison were condemned by the government inspectors in early 1800's as the worst in Scotland. The Town Council continued to hold meetings in the Tolbooth until 1875 but by then the prison had been moved to St. John Street.
The Toolbooth is one of the major music and performing arts venues for Stirling.

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