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The Till, Northumberland

Historical Description

Till, The, a river of Northumberland, rising in the centre of the Cheviots, running about 12 miles eastward to the neighbourhood of Eglingham, and thence about 20 miles northward and north-north-westward past Chillingham, Doddington, and Ford, and falling into the Tweed 3 miles NNE of Cornhill. It is called the Breamish in its upper reaches, and it receives the Glen in the vicinity of Doddington. A huge structure, called Tillmouth Castle, erected about 1820 but never finished, crowns a precipitous bank at the river's mouth. An ancient chapel stood on a meadow there, and an old legend says that a stone coffin containing the body of St Cuthbert broke away from Old Melrose on the Tweed, and floated down to a landing at that ancient chapel. Sir Walter Scott, in his " Marmion," satirically renders the legend as follows-

" In his atone coffin forth he rides
A ponderous bark. for river-tides;
Yet light as gossamer it glides
Downward to Tillmouth cell."

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

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