2019 Berwick venues and events – 1

Bankhill Ice House

Venue 1

This icehouse was one of several built in Berwick in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The ice was used for packing fish, particularly salmon, in crates to be transported to London. It was sourced locally if the winter had been severe enough, but usually was imported from Norway. The blocks were carefully stored in layers with sawdust laid between the blocks to prevent them from freezing into a solid mass. Ice houses were still being used in the 1930s. In the Second World War it was used as an air raid shelter, and later as a garage. It is a Grade II listed building, restored by Berwick Preservation Trust.

Friday 13:00-16:00 & Saturday 11:00-16:00 (no booking required)

Walk up the hill from Love Lane - entrance on the right hand side.

Bell Ringing in Berwick Town Hall

Venue 2

Find out about bell ringing in Berwick, come along and see change ringing in action. Learn about how it developed, how bells are hung in a manner that enables even very small people to ring very large bells and perhaps, try it yourself! Change ringing is a uniquely English pursuit which was developed in the 16th century and has not changed much since. The Town Hall has a bell tower with a ring of eight bells and the curfew bell. Most of the bells were originally cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. As part of the Ringing in the Millennium Project, the bells were restored and a new cast iron frame fitted tied into the structure of the tower.

The work was completed on time and the bells rang in the millennium. The bells are rung on specific occasions, including the nightly curfew bell at 8pm, originally rung to notify the inhabitants that the gates into the town were to be closed.
Saturday 14:00, 14:45, 15:30 & Sunday 17:00 (45 mins) (booking required). Meet at the side entrance of the Town Hall (steep steps to venue).

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