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placename:- Toll Bar Cottage
other name:- Sark Bar ?
locality:- Sark Bridge
locality:- Gretna
toll gate; toll house; building/s
coordinates:- NY32686706
10Km square:- NY36

1Km square NY3267


Toll Bar Cottage (?) -- Sark Bridge -- Gretna / -- 31.8.2007

Toll Bar Cottage (?) -- Sark Bridge -- Gretna / -- Notice:- -- 'YE OLDE TOLL BAR / ...' -- 31.8.2007

old map:- OS County Series (Dmf 59)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
Alison Bank T.P.

placename:- Alison Bank Turn Pike
date:- 1862
period:- 19th century, late; 1860s

old map (vignette):- Burrow 1920s

Road strip maps with parts in Westmorland, Cumberland etc, now Cumbria, irregular scale about 1.5 miles to 1 inch, by E J Burrow and Co, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1920s.
... The actual border [to Scotland] is crossed at Sark Bar toll-house, where the small River Sark is also crossed, a mile before reaching Gretna Green village. ...

placename:- Sark Bar Toll House
date:- 1920=1929
period:- 1920s

road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802)

Road book, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, published by G and J Cary, 86 St James's Street, London, 1798-1828.
thumbnail C38283, button to large image
page 283-284
Gretna Green - T.G.
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

descriptive text:- see:- Pennant, Thomas: 1780: Tour of Scotland

At a little distance from the bridge, stop at the little village of Gratna, the resort of all amorous couples, whose union the prudence of parents or guardians prohibits: here the young pair may be instantly united by a fisherman, a joiner, or a blacksmith, who marry from two guineas a job, to a dram of whisky: but the price is generally adjusted by the information of the postillions from Carlile, who are iin pay of one or another of the above worthies; but even the drivers, in case of necessity have been known to undertake the sacerdotal office. If the pursuit of friends proves very hot; and there is not time for the ceremony, the frightened pair are advised to slip into bed; are shown to the pursuers, who imagining that they are irrevocably united, retire, and leave them to consummate their unfinished loves.

placename:- Gratna
date:- 1780
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old itinerary:- Johnson 1908 (Roads/Cum)

Road book, illustrated itineraries, Roads Made Easy by Picture and Pen, vol.3, by Claude Johnson, edited by Lord Montagu, published by The Car Illustrated, 168 Piccadilly, London, 1908.
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Itinerary, Route 37 reverse in Roads Made Easy by Picture and Pen, Glasgow to Preston, by Claude Johnson, edited by Lord Montagu, published by The Car Illustrated, 168 Piccadilly, London, 1908.
date:- 1908
period:- 1900s

tiny photograph, 
button to large Toll Bar Cottage (?) -- Sark Bridge -- Gretna / -- The Marriage Room. -- 31.8.2007

courtesy of Keswick Museum
tiny photograph, 
button to large Toll Bar Cottage (?) -- Sark Bridge -- Gretna / -- Marriage certificate, issued at Allison's Bank Tollhouse, 1854.

notes The Olde Toll Bar now advertises:-
Admission Free / to the Horse Shoe Marriage Room. / Souvenirs and Postcards on sale.

hearsay The Marriage Act 1753, put forward by Lord Hardwick, ended the instant marriages, Fleet Marriages, performed at or near the Fleet prison, London. The law did not apply in Scotland; there, a declaration before a man of standing, in front of two witnesses was still enough to be legally married. The route from England to Scotland through Longtown and across the River Sark made the first place in the country for a quick wedding. The old smithy, built 1713, became a popular place for these rites. A new turnpike route crossing the Sark by Telford Bridge, built 1817, passed a new toll house, on the scottish side of the border, which became the new place for runaway weddings.
It all came to an end at the passing of an act put forward by Lord Brougham, 1857, which demanded 21 days residence in Scotland for a scottish wedding.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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