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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1244721



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District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Berwick-upon-Tweed

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 26-May-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Feb-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 472881

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NUO053 BERWICK ON TWEED PARADE (South side) 622/11/10006 Gateway and guard house, Berwick Barracks Museum 26.05.1971


Barracks entrance gateway, guard house and offices now museum and mess. 1719-21, probably by Nicholas Hawksmoor, for the Board of Ordnance. Sandstone ashlar with ashlar left-hand lateral and single right-hand ridge stacks, and hipped slate roof. Vernacular Baroque style. Single-depth plinth blocks flank central gateway. EXTERIOR: single storey; 3-section range. The street front has heavy pilaster strips either side of a semi-circular archway with key and impost blocks, wrought-iron double gates, and a raised parapet above containing a gilded and painted coat of arms cartouche of George I; right-hand former guard house has 3 small flat-arched windows under the eaves, and the mess to the left has a parapet, stepped down to the left, with a single segmental-arched plate-glass sash. The parade ground elevation is similar with raised parapet to tl1e gateway, 6-window guard house with a mid C19 cast-iron glazed verandah, and 5-bay mess with 8/8-pane sashes and central inserted C20 half-glazed door. Closes the N end of the parade ground. INTERIOR: without special features. HISTORY: part of the earliest planned barrack complex in England, pre-dating most other English barracks by nearly 80 years, because of the need for a permanent garrison on the Scottish border. One of a number of Ordnance buildings at this time associated with Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh. (MacIvor I: The Fortifications of Berwick on Tweed: London: 1972-: 8, 29; Barker N in Chaney and Bold (eds): English Architecture Public and Private: London: 1993-: 199-230; Map of Berwick-on-Tweed: 1788-: PRO, WO78/1172).

Listing NGR: NU0009053115

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Bold, , Chaney, , English Architecture Public and Private Essays for Kerry Downes, (1993)
MacIvor, I , The Fortifications of Berwick upon Tweed, (1972), 199-230

National Grid Reference: NU 00090 53115


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