Just as I thought we we're running out of historical sites to explore in the home town, Bell Tower (you'll see in the next post and the last photo in this post) and Gun Tower came to mind while thinking of somewhere more quiet, away from the crowds of Christmas holiday walkers and their thousands of dogs, to take Baker.
This site is directly opposite what was my Middle school and I haven't been here for many years, despite its close proximity to the town. It lays right by the side of the road, en route to the most popular caravan park in Berwick as well, and though many people will pass it on their way to the town centre, it seems very forgotten about and 'out of the way'.
I don't know what I thought this ruin was up until now, but I didn't think it was what it is.
It's more than common knowledge that Berwick has been constantly fought over by both sides of the border and changed hands between English and Scottish ownership no less than 13 times! That is how popular we are :) haha Oh and while we're on the subject, just to clarify, we do infact currently belong to England and have done since 1482!! Boom! haha
Anyways, back to the point, this gun tower was built to protect the North- East side of our medieval 'walled' defenses. Finished in 1542 it even gained the interest of King Henry VIII himself, who drew plans for the gun tower ( sadly they don't exist anymore), which I think is pretty freakin' awesome!
Originally it would of been a two story affair, boasting a crowing parapet and captains quarters, (where the set of stairs on the right hand side of the second to last photo would of led I assume) though you can see that is long gone! They were demolished when the Elizabethan parts of Berwick walls were started.
On the lower floor, that has 6m thick walls, you can still see the areas where the swivel guns would of stood, an oven area, latrine (toilet!) and small living quarters. Amazing.
Do you guys have anything like this in your town? Have you ever been to explore it, or would you if you haven't? I'd love to hear about the history near you! Let me know what you think of this post and watch out for the next one about the tower above.
Thanks for reading as always you awesome people - have a great week. :)