This is a post for Thursday Doors.  For real door enthusiasts this weathered door set in Berwick quay walls may be interest enough but others might appreciate some context.

 

 

Here’s a view of the quay across Berwick Old Bridge, showing some neighbouring doorways…

 

 

and here’s the Old Bridge, opened in 1611, seen from the quay.

 

 

Low, winter sun makes the river glow and throws the fishing boats into sharp relief…

 

 

but if doors are your thing, turn your back on the river and look again at the quay walls.

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In the Middle Ages Berwick was Scotland’s most important sea port.  Centuries of Anglo-Scottish warfare drew trade away from the disputed border town, dragged back and forth between Scotland and England thirteen times until 1482, when the town was finally recaptured for England by Richard of Gloucester.  It was only after the unification of England and Scotland in 1707 that Berwick started to prosper as a harbour again, exporting grain and other agricultural products from the Tweed Valley to the growing industrial areas of Britain.

One of the doorways in the quay wall leads straight into the store rooms of the 18th century Custom House.  Some like the Sallyport are entries to narrow passageways, leading through courtyards and tunnels to Bridge Street.  Some ancient, decaying doors are firmly padlocked. Who know what lies behind them?