Monday, 18 January 2016

Exploring Berwick // Walled Defenses



I have to admit something. This post has been pushed back and pushed back for maybe 8/9 months...Eeek! So yeah, this is where I luckily, really cannot sympathize with those who experience 'bloggers block' and the like as I always seem to have too many posts I need to get written/get up.
Anyways! That explains why it seems so sunny in these photos, but now to explain what they actually are of. 

Berwick Upon Tweed is famous for it's walled defenses which are some of the best in Britain and of course are steeped with history from the Medieval, Elizabethan & Victorian periods. The parts I'm showing you today are just small snippets that show some of the most important pieces of our historical defenses. 

The walls themselves were first constructed by Edward I in the 14th Century after it was taken from the rule of Scotland. Right up to present day the ownership of the town has been fought over between the English and the Scots with it being right on the border (or pretty much) of both.
Henry IV then took the town in 1405 when the once fantastic walls had become so worn out and no longer had the strength to provide their original protection.
However, in 1560, a whole new set of walls were built leaving very few pieces of the originals intact and so those that are seen today, including bastions, gates and 'ditches', are mainly from this Elizabethan re-build.


Around the walls is a popular walking spot for many, both Berwickers and holiday makers alike, however I don't think many truly appreciate the age and significance of some of the sites that you can see and even touch. They are in fact Grade 1 listed and owned by English heritage.
Above are just a few of the cool aspects of the walls, in order:
- Gun Powder Storage Building
- Gun Locations
- Beacon
- Canon Emplacements
- These enclosures (I have no idea what their proper name would be to be honest) are found on either side of each bastion. Click here to see an aerial view of the walls and what the bastions are.
- Small semi hidden passages like this one lead into the forts shown above and are inaccessible to the public, unless joining the guided tours.

If you'd like some actual good, detailed information about all of the above and more, this is a pretty good website to check out.


Lastly, I just had to include a few images I took on the same day from our look into the Barracks courtyard. Isn't it beautiful? Berwick's Barracks and Main Guard were some of the first ever buildings purposely built for their use as opposed to an existing building acquired to use as a Barracks and date back to the early 18th century.
You can visit the museum inside too, however that was saved for another day, so hopefully once it re-opens after the winter I'll go and explore again (I have been a couple times before, many years ago) to share with you all!

To explore more of my stunning home town, Berwick, click here! 
When are you coming to visit? ;)

10 comments:

  1. The guard box that your mam is standing in, my uncle built that when he was based at the barracks in the 1950's xo great post x

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    1. Yes! I remember you mentioning that - so cool. :)

      xo

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  2. I've been really enjoying all your posts about your local area :) I hope to make it there one day and you'll have to show me around!
    I love things like this, it's nice to explore history like this, rather than in a museum. It's amazing to be able to see ad touch something so old.

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    1. Thank you! I think you'd like it here. It's not much to a lot of locals but I think it's fab to explore!

      xo

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  3. Oh this looks beautiful. It looks so british and I'm obsessed with anything british so would love to visit this.

    Love, Eline
    www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so lucky where I live! I didn't even think of it looking British haha. I guess not everywhere has castles and battlements!

      xo

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  4. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a brilliant place to visit, I'll have to make a trip there someday with my OH! :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you! Yep, I always recommend my hometown :) There are some lovely little B&Bs too or cute cottages in the country if you drive!

      xo

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  5. I saw one of those beacons outside a walled church this week. Lovely to see the blue sky, looks great! :) xox

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    1. Did it look the same as this one?! I've never seen any still standing elsewhere - thats so cool.

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