Berwick-upon-Tweed Preservation Trust


The Berwick upon Tweed Preservation Trust was founded in 1971. It owes its origins to a group of local people who were becoming increasingly concerned about the threats they saw to the town's unique heritage. At that time Berwick contained the highest concentration in the country of listed buildings; in 1971 one hundred and thirty of these were either derelict or at serious risk of dereliction or destruction.

By acquiring properties, promoting their repair and refurbishment, and subsequently in most cases selling them on, the Trust has been able to promote the rehabilitation of many of Berwick's most outstanding and historic buildings. It acquired its first property Nos 12 & 13 Quay Walls – in 1972, and with assistance from the Borough Council and the Historic Buildings Council restored these important buildings, dating from 1825 and occupying a prominent position on the Quay Walls, to their former glory. Since then a further 10 projects carried out by the Trust have resulted in the restoration of No. 5 Quay Walls (1975-76), The Lion House (1976-77), No. 30 Ravensdowne (1977-79), No.25 Palace Street (1982), No.3 Quay Walls (1986-88), Nos. 41 & 42 Bridge Street (1989-91), Shoe Lane (1993-94), the Quayside Lookout (1997-98), Lowry's Seat (2001) and The Lowry Trail (2003).

Current projects being pursued by the Trust include the Dewar's Lane Granary, the Palace Green Pavilion, and the Bankhill Icehouse.

Click here or on the upper right image to view the Trust's website. The site includes an eCommerce module permitting visitors to make donations towards the Trust's Dewar's Lane Granary Appeal.