Berwick-upon-Tweed: Three Places, Two Nations, One Town
Nikolaus Pevsner described Berwick-upon-Tweed as ‘one of the most exciting towns in England’ [Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England: Northumberland (1957), 88] – a place where an absorbing historical tale can still be read in the dense fabric of its old streets and buildings. It attracts not only day-trippers and holidaymakers but also new residents who have learnt to appreciate the spirit of the place. But outsiders all too easily confine their attention to the space within the impressive Elizabethan ramparts, while local people are sometimes unaware or dismissive of the wider significance of the very things that they know so intimately.Berwick deserves to be known better, and to be celebrated not just as a vivid reminder of what many other towns were once like, but more especially as something unique and distinctive, shaped by a peculiar combination of historical and geographical circumstances. This distinctiveness is acutely apparent as one passes between Berwick and the contrasting, but historically intertwined, settlements of Tweedmouth and Spittal.This book presents something of the wealth of historic interest encapsulated in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, and explains how these places came to assume such varied and distinctive forms. Above all, it urges that a town anxious for stability and prosperity in the future must know where it has come from as well as where it is going.
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A town takes shape
Political social and spiritual order
Berwick looks abroad
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19th century agricultural bank Barracks Berwick Bridge Berwick Castle Berwick Pier Railway Berwick upon Tweed Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council Berwick's Future brae Brewery Bridge Street buildings built Castle Hills House Castlegate centre Church Street corporation court house crow-stepped gables defences early 19th century England English Heritage Figure fishermen fishery fishing flat freemen Fuller gable Governor's House granaries Greenses Haven Hide Hill historic environment Holy Trinity Church ice houses industrial ISBN L S Lowry land landscape late 18th Love Lane Magdalene Fields Main Street Marygate medieval walls Museum & Art Newcastle Northumberland opened Palace Street Pantiles Presbyterian Product code Quarry Ravensdowne Regeneration Strategy resort river roof Royal Border Bridge Royal Tweed Bridge salmon Sandgate Scotland Scottish settlements shiels side slate Spittal Point stone storeys survive thatched Town Hall town's trade Tweed Tweedmouth and Spittal villas Wallace Green whale yard