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Carter Fell, Northumberland

Historical Description

Carter Fell, one of the Cheviots, on the boundary of Northumberland with Scotland, 16 miles NW of Otterburn. Its height is 1602 feet. A depression on its NE shoulder, called Carter Bar, is traversed by Watling Street, a principal inland route to Scotland, and was always a noted pass in the times of the Border forays. A smart skirmish took place in the vicinity of the pass, on the Red Swire in 1575, at a judicial meeting for redressing Border wrongs, and nearly kindled national hostilities between the Scottish king and Elizabeth. The skirmish is commemorated in a fine old ballad given in the " Border Minstrelsy."

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

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