Archive 2018: The Main Guard

2018 Venue 17    

Palace Street

Thursday & Friday 13:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00,
Sunday 11:00-17:00 No booking required

In 1682 a Main Guard building stood in front of the Town Hall. By 1725, it had moved up Marygate to a site opposite Eastern Lane. However, complaints about its location led to a new Main Guard being built in 1743 in the area in front of the former Berwick Advertiser offices. It was then dismantled in 1815 and rebuilt on its present site in Palace Green. It contains two main rooms, one for the officer of the guard and the other for soldiers. Between them is a prison cell or "black hole" where drunks and vagrants could be locked up. There are two exhibitions. The permanent exhibition on The History of a Garrison Town and the current exhibition on The True Description of her Majesties' Towne of Barwick. The Main Guard is now the headquarters of Berwick Civic Society.

About the author 

Homer Lindsay

Retired Global ERP Financial Applications Analyst and Developer with an interest in people; places; photography.

A member of the Berwick Heritage Open Days Steering Group and its website developer.

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