2019 Berwick venues and events – 10

Main Guard

Venue 16

In 1682 a Main Guard building for the soldiers 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 dismantled in 1815 and then rebuilt on its present site in Palace Green. It contains two main rooms and a prison cell or "black hole" in between where drunks and vagrants could be locked up. There are two new exhibitions this year - a display of items from the film "Outlaw King" about Robert the Bruce, which was partly filmed in Berwick, and a special child friendly display created by illustrator Tania Willis in the Soldiers Room. Let the children enjoy their own activities and dress up whilst the adults enjoy the displays.
Friday 13:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00 and Sunday 11:00-17:00 (no booking required) Palace Street.

Berwick Masonic Hall

Venue 17

Have a look around a working Masonic Hall. View the working tools and regalia of a Masonic Lodge. See the history of the building and find out about the order's history. Freemasonry is long established in Berwick and in his history of Berwick published in 1799, Dr John Fuller mentions that at the time there were two lodges in Berwick and one in Tweedmouth. Originally they met in public houses, but in 1872 this site was purchased and the present building erected on it.
Saturday 10:00-16:00 (no booking required)
Opposite the Parade Carpark.

New Tower Berwick

Venue 18

A newer addition to Heritage Open Days in Berwick, this is the lower portion of a 14th century tower embedded in a 17th century wall. An opportunity to see an unknown part of Berwick's medieval and 16th century fortifications. The New Tower also features in Jim Herbert’s Tower Tour.
Friday 13:00-16:00 and Saturday 10:00-16:00 (no booking required)
On the Quay Walls, off Wellington Terrace to the rear of the Main Guard.

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.