2019 Berwick venues and events – 18

Tweedmouth and Spittal

Tweedmouth Parish Church of St Bartholomew and St Boisil

Venue 28

The Church of St Bartholomew and St Boisil in Tweedmouth is a Grade II listed building and a rare example of a pre-Victorian Church with later additions. It stands on the site of earlier churches going back to at least the 12th century. There is a Georgian gallery with its original four pews and many other interesting features, including a reredos, First World War memorial to John Kincaid, Coldstream Guards. In the Churchyard, you can find the graves of John Mackay Wilson, author of Wilson’s Tales of the Borders, William Stephenson, a train driver killed in one of the earliest railway accidents, the local philanthropist Rev John Leech and Ralph Dixon, whose pension, granted by Nelson, is noted on the rear of the battle plans for Trafalgar. Have a look at parish register transcripts; and a display on Wilson’s Tales of the Borders. There will be guided tours at 11:00 and in the afternoon.
Saturday 11:00-17:00 (no booking required)
Church Road is between Dock Road and Prince Edward Road in Tweedmouth.
Why not visit the church after one of the Saturday Tweedmouth walks?

Tweedmouth’s West End -
A show (Walk)

Venue 29

For too long, the history of Tweedmouth has been neglected. This tour, led by Jim Herbert, sheds light on many aspects of old Tweedmouth, from medieval parliaments, to social life and its forgotten industries. The West End of Tweedmouth is now a quiet residential area overshadowed by the Royal Tweed Bridge. However, in the past, it was very different - full of people and business.
Saturday 13:45 and Sunday 13:45 (about one hour) (booking required)
Meet at the War Memorial, at the Tweedmouth end of the Old Bridge.

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.