2019 Berwick venues and events – 7

Free Trade Inn

Venue 11

Access the public rooms of a traditional 19th century small urban pub. It is a Grade II listed
building and is one of CAMRA's "Historic pub interiors of national importance". It retains a good Edwardian pub frontage. The pub was refitted around 1910 and has a very unusual layout. The pub bar at the front is wood panelled and has its original bar counter. The front window is stained glass.  

The rear room was originally a smoke room, but is now used for pool. The room has bell pushes and an attractive brick and tile fireplace, probably installed around the time of the Second World War. Over the weekend there will be a small exhibition in the back room about the history of the pub including photographs and newspaper cuttings.
Saturday 12:00-17:00 & Sunday 12:00-17:00 (no booking required)
Near the top end of Castlegate on the left hand side.

From Bell Tower to Bastion (Walk)

Venue 12

"I must admit the new wall is marvellous beautiful", was an opinion voiced to Queen Elizabeth about the bastioned fortifications in
1568... Before condemning them as badly designed and a waste of money!

In the most northerly Heritage Open Days event, Jim Herbert takes you on a journey amongst the northern mediaeval defences of Berwick that actually saw some action in the Anglo-Scottish wars, and bear witness to the changes in technology from the earliest ditch defence to the 16th century bastions. The tour takes in Spades Mire, Bell Tower and Lord's Mount.

Friday 12:00 and 16:00 (60-90 mins) (booking required)
Meet at entrance to Berwick Holiday Camp, at the
end of Northumberland Avenue

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.