The Main Guard

Main Guard, Palace Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1HN

Step back in time and find out about Berwick in the past through our two new exhibitions this year - Guild and Governors and the History of the Garrison Town.

In 1682 a Main Guard building stood in front of the Town Hall. By 1725, it had moved up Marygate to a site opposite Eastern Lane. However, complaints about its location led to a new Main Guard being built in 1743 in the area in front of the former Berwick Advertiser offices. It was then dismantled in 1815 and rebuilt on its present site in Palace Green. It contains two main rooms, one for the officer of the guard and the other for soldiers. Between them is a prison cell or "black hole" where drunks and vagrants could be locked up. The Main Guard is now the headquarters of Berwick Civic Society.

Event Times

Friday 10 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 14 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 16 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 17 September: 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 18 September: 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 19 September: 11:00 - 17:00

Booking Details: No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations: This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Berwick HODS Team - 07966323231

The Main Guard

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Accessible from the Walls, just before Quay Walls.

Organised by

Berwick Heritage Open Days and Berwick Civic Society