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the earliest days of war between the English and Scottish. Berwick was
an important military town. Soldiers of the garrison were for many years billited
in local taverns and private houses, which placed a heavy financial burden on
the people of the town. Complaints to the Government led eventually, in 1717,
to the building of the first purpose built infantry barracks in England. Designed
by Nicholas Hawksmoor, Berwick Barracks were completed in 1721.
Berwicks ramparts (begun in 1558) are unique in Britain, and are the finest surviving 16th century artillery fortifications in northern Europe. Built by the military engineer Sir Richard Lee and based on ideas developed in Italy, the ramparts consist of strong curtain walls and gateways, defended by projecting bastions which housed artillery. The walk around the ramparts (aprox 1.5 miles) affords outstanding views of the River Tweed, the Northumberland coast and the many interesting buildings within the town.
picture of the Military Tattoo.
A popular event that takes part in
the Barracks once a year. Usually
at the begining of September.
If you decide to go then please take
Photograph by Colin Thompson