West Longridge Manor

West Longridge Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2JX, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Scots or English?

by leics

Still Scots at heart, I think, even though it has been in England sniice 1482.

Berwick ('berrick') lies at the mouth of the River Tweed. Its massive Elizabethan (and later) town walls and fortifications have superb views over the river, estuary and sea....

So why visit Berwick?

For the ramparts and fortifications, obviously......first erected during the reign of Queen Eliabeth l (1558 -1603) they offer superb views across the estuary and over the town. Their circuit is a mile and a half......walking them is an excellent way to get a feel for the town.

For one of only two churches built during the Commonwealth period, when Oliver Cromwell ruled England and there was no King (he'd been beheaded). The Puritans held sway at that time...so this church is austere and plain, with no spires or towers (Cromwell himself is said to have forbidden them). The Parish Church of Holy trnity and St Mary's dates from 1662.

For the rather unusual and massively-spired Town Hall,which dominates the main street (Marygate). Dating from 1750s, it houses the oold buttermarket, the Guildhall and the old jail.

For the superb piece of engineering which is Robert Stephenson's 28-arch railway viaduct. The Royal Border Bridge impressed even me (and I'm not much into post-Medieval archiecture). Quen Victoria officially opened it in 1850.

For wandering Berwick's now-quiet quayside, listening to the gulls, watching the sea and imagining how things once were, when it was a busy port.

For wandering the older parts of the town as well.....lots of interesting buildings to spot, some narrow ancient alleyways to explore.

I liked Berwick, although it was a chill, damp, grey and windy when I visited. I'm in good company: the painter L.S.Lowry visited many times and at one point was considering buying a house there. You can follow a town trail based on his life and paintings (quite a long one though, it will take you 3-4+hours!).

A definite must-see if you are anywhere near.


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