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Tolbooth and Canongate, Edinburgh

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Tolbooth and Canongate, Edinburgh

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  • Scottish Art
The Tolbooth is the oldest building in Edinburgh's Canongate. It was built in 1591, in the French Style, and at five-storeys high, was intended as an administrative centre with a gaol at the bottom and the Council Chambers and law court above. The clock was added on in 1884. Today the premises are occupied by the People's Story Museum. James Valentine's company mainly published picturesque views of town and country but it also included images of historic city buildings in its repertoire.

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  • Acc. No. PGP R 644
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 28.9 x 19.1 cm (paper: 31.9 x 22.4 cm)
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985