The Buttermarket

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The former Guildhall (now the Town Hall) in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (the northernmost town in England).

Completed in 1754, it is possibly the town’s most handsome building, facing and dominating broad Marygate. Of rich brown stone in a Classical design, it has a grand portico with giant Tuscan columns and a tall spire.

The bells in the Town Hall are used to summon people to the church services at Holy Trinity Church which has no steeple, tower or church bell. It is no wonder that many visitors to Berwick mistake the Town Hall for the parish church. the Town Hall Bells also still ring the curfew at 8 o’clock every evening.

The top floor used to be a jail and prisoners were aired on the balcony round the roof.

The restoration of the hall reinstated the buttermarket in the colonnaded rear ground floor and brought in a coffee-bar and small shop.

Berwick upon Tweed Town Hall is a Grade 1 Listed Building. LBS Number: 237394.

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D

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Related shots can be found at: England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

A little poem I found (with two versions):

“Berwick is an ancient town
A church without a steeple
A pretty girl at every door
And very generous people.”

OR ?

A bridge without a middle arch
A church without a steeple
A midden heap in every street
And damned conceited people."

The less complimentary verse is attributed to Robbie Burns

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