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.


6 comments:

  1. Your photos are lovely! I love places like this and finding out a little more history about a place. I definitely need to do some more exploring out and about in the west of Scotland once the weather gets better. If for no other reason than to get some pretty photos and tire out the dog!!
    Debi x

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    1. Thank you! Yes, that is exactly what we do it for haha. Baker loves to explore new places. I can't wait to get a car again as we'll definitely be visiting places further afield too.

      xo

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  2. Oooh I love that second photo! If I wasn't for my blogging I probably wouldn't try to find the things out that I do, so it frustrates me when I can't find the information or it's so vague that it just sounds like you are making it up haha!

    We'll just have to explore through the photos alone :)

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    1. Thank you! I liked it too and had to included it even though it wasn't exactly the tower itself...ha!
      Yes! Exactly. Though apparently there are some good books about our area that have more detail than the internet...may have to invest!

      Nothing wrong with that eh ;)

      xo

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  3. Really enjoyed this and your other posts about Berwick. I have lived about 30-40 minutes away from Berwick all my life and been countless times and although i love history somehow haven't explored any of the historical parts. must make a point tot do so next time i am down that way :)
    julz x

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    1. Thank you very much! There are lots more to come too :)
      Oh really?! Thats fab! Deffo get yourself round all the historical points of interest on your next visit.

      xo

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