Keys to the Past

The Barracks (Berwick upon Tweed)

These barracks were built in 1719. There are three separate buildings standing on three sides of an open square: the east barracks, west barracks and Clock House. The fourth side has a high wall and a gatehouse. These are believed to be the earliest barracks built in Britain. Inside, the remains of graffiti drawn by 18th century soldiers have been found on the ceilings of the second floor rooms. Excavations by archaeologists in the area have found the remains of early walls related to the barracks. This is a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N4141
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Event(s):TRIAL TRENCH, Ravensdowne Barracks 1998; Tyne and Wear Museums
WATCHING BRIEF, Ravensdowne Barracks 1999; TYNE AND WEAR MUSEUMS

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Source of Reference
Local History of Berwick upon Tweed


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