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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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Berwick on Tweed England Oct 18, 2017
Berwick on Tweed is in the county of Northumberland England,on the border with Scotland,It is England"s most northerly town. There are different period buildings from the medieval times onwards. In history Berwick changed hands between England and Scotland 13 times, ending up in England. Has its name suggests it is on the river Tweed which is a Salmon river. There is a ramparts defensive wall round the town mainly Elizabethan. It is about one mile long and can be walked round, with views of the North Sea and mouth of the river Tweed. The ramparts are over 21 ft high and about 12 ft wide with grass mounds. Along the walk around the wall there are seats for a rest also at places of interest there are information notices. There has been a military presence in the town since the 18th century, with soldiers stationed in the town barracks, until closure in 1963. The barracks are now a museum. --There are several museums and Galleries in Berwick, most free.Today the Guildhall dominates the main street with its clock tower. An old Guard house in Marygate as been moved and rebuilt near the rampart wall.---With access from the eastern section of the ramparts wall is Lions House a 18th century house . Berwick Rangers football club, an English team, play in the Scottish league.They are the only English team in Scotland.---There are three bridges across the river, two road and the railway viaduct.--- Buses from Berwick leave from three places in town,Chapel Street, Golden Square, and Rail Station. If you are using the bus check your departure point. Some of the places buses go are Bamburgh, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dunbar, St. Abbs, Kelso, Coldstream,Eyemouth,etc. The buses that i saw and used were modern ,clean , and comfortable.---By road Berwick is just off the A1 main road that goes from London to Edinburgh.
Berwick rail station.
Scot gate in wall.
On the ramparts wall.
On the ramparts
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