The Town Hall

Berwick Town Hall: Council Chamber

The Council Chamber lies at the east end of Berwick's Town Hall in the heart of the town. The Chamber is used by the Borough Council, the Berwick upon Tweed Guild of Freemen, and Trustees. Above the entrance, two clock hands show the time 11 o'clock, this being the time at which Council Meetings used to be held. The present furnishings of the Chamber date from the reform of local government in 1974.

The Council Chamber will this year exhibit Persuasion by BFMAF and Berwick Visual Arts artist-in-residence, Lucy Parker.


The Old Gaol

The Old Gaol occupy the second floor of the Town Hall, completed in 1761. The first cell on the right was built for high-risk prisoners, the second was for women, and the third cell was for short-term prisoners, mostly sailors and soldiers of the garrison. Opposite is the drunkards’ cell with a sloping bed to drain bodily fluids. The final cell is the condemned cell which was last occupied by Grace Griffin who was hanged in 1823. The gaol was in use until 1849, when a new prison, now the council offices, was built.

In this venue is Arch Pop-Up Cinema screening Keeping House by Ian Fenton and Jacob Polley, a documentary film exploring the beguiling atmosphere of the Willian Cowe & Sons Berwick cockle shop. Film starts on the hour and the half hour, between 11am and 5pm.

Venue courtesy of The Freemen of Berwick.