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Hardgatehead,Roman road and turnpike road 600m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7343 / 55°44'3"N

Longitude: -3.3941 / 3°23'38"W

OS Eastings: 312556

OS Northings: 649873

OS Grid: NT125498

Mapcode National: GBR 42Q4.Z7

Mapcode Global: WH6TN.T4YB

Entry Name: Hardgatehead,Roman road and turnpike road 600m SW of

Scheduled Date: 26 December 1972

Last Amended: 2 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3263

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: road; Secular: road

Location: Linton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises a well preserved stretch of Roman road and later turnpike road situated between Ingraston and Hardgatehead farms.

The Roman road ran from Carlisle to the Forth and has been

obliterated for much of its 9.5km length in Peebleshire. Here there is a cambered causeway (about 5.5m wide) with a side ditch present in some places. At its SW end the Roman road converges with an eighteenth century turnpike shown on the maps of Roy (1747-55) and Armstrong (1771), which then follows the course of the Roman road.

The area to be scheduled is linear on plan and measures 365m by 20m, to include the roadway, side ditches and associated evidence, such as quarry pits, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved stretch of Roman and later turnpike road which has the potential to provide information about past road construction techniques and the development of routes of communication, which were essential for social and economic progress throughout the history of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




RCAHMS 'Inventory of Peeblesshire', No. 634.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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