The Tolbooth by Tom Gomez

The Tolbooth – On the High Street in South Queensferry, Scotland dates from the 1600s. The clock-tower was added in 1720 and remodelled in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In the tower are two bells, dated 1694 and 1723.

Formerly in the county of West Lothian, South Queensferry lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, 10 miles (16 km) west of Edinburgh. It has been an important crossing at least since 1071 when Malcolm III granted free passage at the ‘Queens Ferry’ for pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. A ferry service operated until 1964, the year the Forth Road Bridge was opened.

South Queensferry was created a burgh of regality in the 13th century and made a Royal Burgh in 1636. It traded actively with Europe in the 17th century. Buildings dating from this period include Laburnum House, the Hawes Inn, the Tolbooth Tower, the Black Castle, the Old Parish Church and Plewlands House. St Mary’s Episcopal Church (from 1441) was a monastery and hospice before the Reformation. The Hawes Inn features in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped’.

Today, South Queensferry is a dormitory settlement for Edinburgh and a yachting centre with electronics, oil storage and whisky industries.

The Tolbooth is an Historic Scotland Category: A listed building. HB Number 40411.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Related shots can be found at:
South Queensferry, Lowland Scotland and HDR.

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Good one, Tom!

  • Cheers David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • gibbandy
    gibbandyover 4 years ago

    a great meeting point and a great capture of it

  • Cheers Andy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Nice perspective on this interesting building Tom!
    Great history as usual … thank you!

  • Thank you so much dear Trish …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

    Very nice pic and great info as always. Nick:))

  • Cheers Nick …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    nice capture Tom.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful, Tom! :))

  • Thank you so much dear Steffi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    I’ve got a shot of this Tom; its crap though!! Love the light shining down on the arch way!! ;o)

  • Cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Béla …

    – Tom Gomez

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneover 4 years ago

    An incredible building … super shot Tom! xx

  • Thank you kindly dear Jen …

    – Tom Gomez

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