Berwick: Sea and Estuary

Eight years ago, on the third Saturday of
December, I put a page on my site -
and have done so every Saturday since.
Panaramic view of Berwick on Tweed and Sittal with sea and distant Bamburgh Castle. Looking south across the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Spittal peninsular which is on the south/far-side of the River Tweed, and projects protectively out to sea. Near the centre of the horizon is Bamburgh Castle Gull on sea, weed on sea bed, chimney on background land. Clear water stretches towards the Spittal chimney Heavily striated rocky coast line. The strong striations of the rock mark this whole coast Berwick-upon-Tweed's history, like that of border towns everywhere, is that of a shuttlecock between vying neighbours. When the River Tweed became the effective boundary between Scotland and England, the governance of Berwick, lying on the Scottish side, became contentious. Peace settled on the whole affair with the... Intertidal zone of rocks covered in green seaweed. The layered 'yellow sandstones' by the Spittal promenade ...union of the two crowns in 1603 and a stone bridge united the town of Berwick with the small community of Spittal, on the south side of the estuary, in 1624. The local governments were not actually united until 2008. This page looks out to sea and across the estuary, from Spittal, the next
page goes over to
Berwick town.
Bench with snake supports on promanade side. One of the serpent seats used in Berwick and Spittal, manufactured in Bo'ness and widely used as station... Promanade railings, rocky shore and pier lighthouse. ... furnishings. The metal railings offer a bar on which to rest and view Berwick pier and lighthouse across the estuary Pier, lighthouse and lifeboat. Across to that lighthouse; here as seen from the Quay Walls on the east side of Berwick Pier, and boat. Pier and boat. Left and above: while there are no passenger services from Berwick, there is a small number of goods vessels which use the harbour Factory with tower, small boat with men on water in foreground. This striking landmark sits on the Spittal promontory. The buildings of the Fisons Chemical and Fertiliser works, which since the photo was taken are gone, although the stack remains Factory, chimney and boat. Factory, chimney, lifeboat passing, horizon Lindisfarne Castle. A lifeboat passing Spittal Point, towards the left in the distance,
Lindisfarne Castle can be seen
Mud flats by estuary, houses of Berwick opposite. Turning up the estuary of the Tweed, the chimney is now distant... Man standing in water by boat. ...and a new activity is apparent Line of men hauling in net, buildings of Spittal in background. 'Apparent' at the time this photo was taken (2003) but now ceased. On the sandbanks by the Spittal, these men are engaged in 'net and coble' salmon fishing. A descriptions of this way of catching fish, from further north on the East Coast, can be found on a fishermen's site Go to another site. Houses by Pier Maltings with pier in distance. Across on the north side of the river the houses of the Pier Maltings look out to sea, and next to them turning... Two people feeding swans on near bank, across river town wall and group of buildings. ...upstream, are the buildings, outwith the town walls, which include the strategically positioned Customs Watch House Town seen across river in setting sun. Looking across the estuary to the town of Berwick. Customs Watch House to the right, the bridges just putting in an appearance at the left Two bridges and town across river. The two bridges intertwine across the river mouth and to... Sailing dinghy with town buildings behind. ...the right the town wall built straight down into the water Many swans preening, one black swan. This bridge took over from previous short lived wooden structures, it took from 1611 to 1624 to build, running, as has ever been the case for large public works, way over time and original budget. And yes, that is a black swan (native to Australia, but commonly imported to the UK) preening happily with its rather bleached counterparts Five swans taking off from the group. The effort of raising ten or so kilos from the water is considerable and swans have to pad along the water for long distances to get airborne A flock of swans swimming together purposefully. This flock (bevy, herd, gaggle and wedge are also used) of swans, splendid as it is, is but part of the second largest colony in Britain, locally there are some 200 birds Berwick town with the old bridge running to it caught in the evening sun. The evening sun catching the Old Bridge; across the bridge to the town on the next page

Trailers... Looking across a narrow bridge to huddled roofs. The next Picture Posting page crosses over the River Tweed to the town of Berwick Sculpture of two naked people kissing. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Desire'.
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Saturday 16th December 2023 Murphy on duty to this site

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