Apr 132024

High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1ER

Category:Dunbar Town House - Wikimedia Commons
Source: Kim Traynor

The 16th century Town House on Dunbar’s High Street is one of the oldest buildings and most distinctive buildings in town, with its witch’s hat tower, hosting a clock, a bell and sun dials. Inside, the collection spans portraits of every town provost since 1833, as well as historic heraldic panels and a set of ceremonial robes used by local government past and present. The Town House is also home to Scotland’s oldest functioning council chamber, debates in which included the infamous East Lothian witch trials. There is also a jail with an original iron door and a debtor’s cell, with prisoners’ graffiti in the fireplace.

The Town House Gallery hosts regular thematic exhibitions and Dunbar and District History Society created a local history display within the Town House. In addition to the standing collection, the Society can provide further information from the comprehensive local history archive and research room. The Town House is the centre of the local tourist information service, and there have even been reports of haunting!

The historic Dolphin Inn was recently renovated and its owners are working with Dunbar’s historic society to make a dedicated trail on the history of Dunbar which will follow soon.

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210593/museums/11878/museums_in_east_lothian/3

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