Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Northumberland, England
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick-upon-Tweed - City Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Royal Border Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Ramparts, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Berwick Old Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Mar 10, 2017
Berwick-upon-Tweed has certainly had a chequered history -- it was a Royal Burgh of Scotland until it was surrendered to the English by William the Lion in 1174. Over the following centuries it changed hands many times and in 1502 it was even an independent state within England -- indeed Acts of Parliament did not apply to Berwick until 1746 (unless they specifically said so) -- it became legally a part of Northumberland as late as 1974.

It's an interesting city to visit -- a must is to walk around the city walls which incorporate the magnificent Elizabethan ramparts which were built between 1558 and 1569 -- the ramparts are 22 feet (6.7m) high and 12 feet (3.6m) thick at the base, all topped by grass mounds (please see photo)-- by 1603 though they were no longer needed as the Scottish threat had been removed when King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England.

Berwick has some fine bridges, most notably the 28-arched Royal Border Bridge (please see photo) -- designed by Robert Stephenson it's 2,152 feet (656m) long and carries the rail link to Berwick -- it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. Also of interest is the city's Town Hall which looks like a church (please see photo) -- it was built in 1754 and has a spire of 150 feet (45m) which dominates the city skyline.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is definitely worth a visit if you're up in this north-east part of England.

Directions: Just off the A1
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Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed
City Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed
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