Berwick-upon-Tweed

    SubTitle

    Three places, two nations, one town
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Jul 2009

        Summary

        Presents something of the historic interest encapsulated in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, and explains how these places came to assume such varied and distinctive forms. This book urges that a town anxious for stability and prosperity in the future must know where it has come from as well as where it is going.
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        9920229

        Main Summary

          Nikolaus Pevsner described Berwick-upon-Tweed as ‘one of the most exciting towns in England’ [Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England: Northumberland (1957), 88] – a place where an absorbing historical tale can still be read in the dense fabric of its old streets and buildings.  It attracts not only day-trippers and holidaymakers but also new residents who have learnt to appreciate the spirit of the place.  But outsiders all too easily confine their attention to the space within the impressive Elizabethan ramparts, while local people are sometimes unaware or dismissive of the wider significance of the very things that they know so intimately.

          Berwick deserves to be known better, and to be celebrated not just as a vivid reminder of what many other towns were once like, but more especially as something unique and distinctive, shaped by a peculiar combination of historical and geographical circumstances.  This distinctiveness is acutely apparent as one passes between Berwick and the contrasting, but historically intertwined, settlements of Tweedmouth and Spittal.

          This book presents something of the wealth of historic interest encapsulated in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, and explains how these places came to assume such varied and distinctive forms.  Above all, it urges that a town anxious for stability and prosperity in the future must know where it has come from as well as where it is going.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Informed Conservation

          Author

          Adam Menuge

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          210mm

          Number of Illustrations

          130

          Number of Pages

          124

          ISBN

          9781848020290

          Contents

            Acknowledgements
            Foreword
            1. Introduction: a border town on the borders of change
            2. A town takes shape
            The landscape beneath
            The Liberty of Berwick
            Fruits of the earth
            Communications
            The buildings of the early town
            3. Political, social and spiritual order
            Defence of the realm
            Competing faiths
            Berwick corporation and local government
            4. Commercial growth: Berwick looks abroad
            The salmon fishery
            The herring fishery
            The Greenland whale fishery
            The grain trade
            The rebuilding of Berwick
            5. Industry and housing: the 19th and 20th centuries
            The rise of industry
            Housing the poor
            6. Leisurely pursuits
            The growth of the resort
            7. Safeguarding Berwick's past for the future
            Notes
            References and further reading

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