The 18th century tolbooth sits on the High Street in Dalkeith and until recently was coated with a thick cement harl on two sides, and poor quality cement repairs to the stonework on its frontage. Restoration works involved the stripping of this cement and replacement with a more appropriate lime based application. We were commissioned to assess and record the structure after the cement was removed, involving volunteers from the local community and teaching them the principles of recording an existing structure. It was also agreed that a talk would be staged in Dalkeith, where the team would present the findings of the project
The recording exercise revealed significant new evidence for the former appearance of the tolbooth building with the frontage in particular seen to be significantly different in detail to its subsequent appearance. The exercise defined the extent of surviving original fabric and confirmed the tolbooth to have been of one overall build, and not incorporating in situ remains of pre-existing structures.
The project and talk were well attended by the local community and the restoration of Dalkeith Tolbooth proceeded smoothly.