Progress on Old Toll House

Kitchen and bathroom area.
Kitchen and bathroom area.

WORK is continuing apace at the Old Toll House on the Minnigaff side of the Cree Bridge.

In October The Galloway Gazette did a feature on the iconic building’s new owners Gary and Catherine Cunningham from Liverpool.

The 200 year old roof beams, as strong and solid now as the day they were put in.

The 200 year old roof beams, as strong and solid now as the day they were put in.

The couple had fallen in love with the petite historic house when making regular visits to the area. The Old Toll House that was the original place of payment for fording the river before the bridge was built.

Recently the walls have been stripped right back, exposing the original stonework and the 200 year old roof beams.

Gary said: “At this stage we are just taking everything back to basics to get the damp proofing in. The problem with old buildings is that you uncover things that you didn’t think would be there - but they are!

So the next stage after that will be putting in central heating but because of what we have found it will take longer that I had expected. But I hope the restoration will take about three months to complete.

The lounge area.

The lounge area.

“I want this done properly and done right but things will take time especially as I can’t be there all the time.”

The bedroom, stripped back to the original masonry work.

The bedroom, stripped back to the original masonry work.