Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Exploring Berwick // The Bell Tower
Following on from my post about The Gun Tower, here is the structure featured in the last photo.
Situated a stones throw from The Gun Tower, The Bell Tower is perched atop of a small grass embankment, obviously octagonal in shape and made of pink sandstone (which looks great when the evening sun is beaming down on it, see last photo).
Like the name suggests 'The Bell Tower' was a watch tower used to look out for incoming enemies in each direction, hence the towers shape, and warn everyone by ringing the bell!
When it comes to these posts it's been pretty darn difficult to dig up info on each site, which I find pretty sad. There are one or two independent websites that have a history on the particular sites around town but they can be confusing...well for someone like me at least. I just need the basics in bullet points or something. (Especially at 11pm! haha)
As you can see from comparing the illustration above and the photo below the tower has changed over the years. The original tower was actually built to the east of where it now stands, where the Gun Tower is on Lords Mount. The one that is here now has been here since 1577 and has changed appearance a few times. There is a 17th century painting which depicts the original state where a higher wooden section is visible on top of the stone sections giving a greater view over the town and into the distance.
It is stated that the doors (seen on the image above) were blocked up 'at some point in the 19th century', though that is quite a large time frame and I can't find anything to say why.
It looks as though our town was just full of silly choices in the past though. Remember my post on the castle (probably not, so I'll include it here!) and how someone had the fabulous idea of demolishing it to build a train station? Well this guy was almost demolished too, by the Town Council in the late 19th century to be replaced with a housing development! Thank goodness the public saw sense to step in so people like me can visit it today.