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Tolbooths and Town-houses : Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833 :  Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833 - Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments

Tolbooths and Town-houses : Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833

Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833

Paperback Published: 1996
ISBN: 9780114957995
Number Of Pages: 253

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The tolbooth or townhouse was the centre of local administration and justice in the Scottish burgh, and the focus of civic pride and identity. Their prominent steeples dominate the centres of many historic burghs, and their architectural expression ranges from the castellated style of the 16th century to elaborate classical designs. This text includes detailed architectural and historical articles on over 90 surviving examples, and brief entries on about 100 demolished or altered buildings. It is illustrated with measured drawings, modern and archival photographs, early topographical views and illustrations of civic artefacts.

Historical introduction: tolbooths and townhouses; sources; chronological summary; burgh status; functions; costs and funding; prisons and prisoners. Architectural introduction: Scotland and Europe; location; adaption and re-use; building materials; architects, masons and craftsmen; overall design and style; steeples; foresters; council chambers and courtrooms; assembly rooms; interior decoration and furnishings; cells and prisons; armorials and inscriptions; bells; clocks. Gazetteer.

ISBN: 9780114957995
ISBN-10: 0114957991
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 1996
Publisher: Mercat Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.97

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