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Flodden, Northumberland

Historical Description

Flodden, a famous battlefield in Branxton parish, Northumberland, on the river Till, 3 miles ESE of Cornhill. Itwas the scene of the defeat of the Scottish army under James IV. by the Earl of Surrey in 1513. Flodden Hill, on which the Scottish army was posted, is an outskirt of the Cheviots sloping to the Till; the plain of Milfield, across which the English army advanced to the attack, extends down the Till toward the Tweed; and the actual battlefield lies around the junction of the hill and the plain-is now intersected by the road from Coldstream to Newcastle-and has an unhewn pillar called the King's Stone marking thespot where James IV. fell. This place has been characterized as- "Flodden's fatal field, "Where shivered was fair Scotland's spear, And broken was her shield."

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE71
Post TownWooler