Toll Brae

From the start of the Council houses, directly opposite the public park entrance was the lower end of the “Toll Brae”. This was a local name from the 19th Century for a short part of Glasgow Road for about hundred yards before the old Blantyre Cotton Works Toll Point (not to be confused with Monteith’s Cotton mills).

Toll Brae

The Toll Brae, Glasgow to Hamilton Road, Blantyre in 1859

   The toll building was not at the park entrance, but formerly sat at the corner of what would become Station Road. It would tax horses and carts upon passing that building, a prime spot for tax collection given the populated centre of Blantyre Works Village to the north.

   The collection of tolls was made illegal shortly after this map was surveyed in 1859, by local surveyor N Fleming. In the mid 1800’s the toll collector was Blantyre man, Stephen Hunter. Rising on an incline the further west you went, this part of the road would later cause trams to slightly decelerate as the cars progressed up the hill.

   The “Toll Brae” name is now largely forgotten, a throwback to old generations and seems likely to disappear from memory.

From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,:

John Cornfield Always be the toll brae

Sally Jamieson My Mum never referred to that part of Glasgow Road as anything other than “the Toll Brae”

Catherine Whitefield I always call it the toll brae. Need to make sure the younger generation carry it on

Morag Graham Defo the toll brae.
Archie Peat Does that mean that that the little grocery shop at the corner of Station Road / Glasgow Rd opposite what used to be the Broadway was the Toll Office ? Always wondered about the elaborate , odd shape with the conical roof
Blantyre Project Archie – Yes, that site is correct at the corner of Station Road, but not the building you describe. The Toll Booth was on that very spot, but in a former building previous to the one currently there. Further information on it will be in my next book due out shortly.

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