Sunday, 8 January 2012

Berwick and Scremerston - Holy Parish Church

Berwick–Upon-Tweed is situated on the east coast of Northumberland 2.5 miles south of Scotland. It has been central to historic border wars between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland for centuries. Berwick's strategic position on the English-Scottish border during centuries of war between the two nations and its relatively great wealth led to a succession of raids and sieges. Between 1174 and 1482 the town changed hands between England and Scotland more than 13 times, and was the location of a number of momentous events in the English-Scottish border wars.
The Berwick Parish church is the only one which was built during the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658). Built from stones and timbers of the 13th Century Castle of Berwick-upon-Tweed  The church yard contains fascinating headstones, including Viking and Plague graves.

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