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Walk the footsteps of the soldiers who fought on the Flodden Battlefield over 500 years ago.
It is hard to conceive today of the carnage that took place there on the 9th September 1513, when surveying the rolling hills just to the north of Branxton. 14,000 men died in an afternoon, at a rate of slaughter that exceeds the first hour of English casualties at the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. A British monarch fell on the battlefield for the last time. It was the last great battle in Northumberland. A generation of men from many areas of the region were all but wiped out. Its importance to the history of the region as well as to the nation simply cannot be underestimated. Fully illustrated boards are now in place to allow the visitor to better visualise the battle as they walk round the site. They describe the chronology of events, and provide some visualisations of what the day may have been like, along with the scale of the battle, and some of the local events leading up it. The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is an open museum which links together over 40 sites and other aspects of heritage nationwide which have a connection to the Battle of Flodden, through history, folklore, or legend. These include the battlefield, castles, bridges, churches, museums, walls, and also traditions such as the border Ride Outs and songs such as the bagpiping tune of Floo'ers O' The Forest. All the Ecomuseum sites are in the care of their communitites and together tell the wider story of the battle from multiple perspectives in their original contexts.Perhaps the last word should go to an 8 year old visitor who had a great time when she visited the battlefield recently. “I visited the site with my mum and dad today and really, really enjoyed it...I liked the picture boards all the way round. I could imagine the mud and the noise when the battle happened. I like to imagine what ancient things are buried deep in the ground!!!”
Visit www.flodden1513.com to discover the Battle which shaped our nations.
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Christmas Day Adventure 2016.
Cameron1959, Abernethy, United Kingdom
Easy access and very wheelchair friendly so long as you have strong hands or one of those electric ram raiders as the switch backs are long but shallow incline. No other visitors there on the day so great for us and really able to take in the feel of the place which is important as we were on a film 🎥 location visit. Best advice go early morning or sunset to really appreciate the true events and avoid the crowds. Very well documented on unobtrusive sign boards so no need for a guide book. Skip busy with too many tourista days as it simply won't work for you in the middle of the day. Stunning views from this wee hillock in the heart of the Borders.
You have to be Interested in History!
Philip R, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Came here to see the Battlefield as it has always interested me. Coming from Branxton Village, the car park is easy to find and there is ample room. Theres a short walk up the hill to the Memorial Cross. Before one reaches the cross, one can't for the life of one envisage a battle taking place around. Having reached the Cross however it all becomes blisteringly apparent to see how and where the armies drew up. The maps and details of the battle are well documented in front of you and although the place is very remote , we found it well worth the trip.
granPaisley, Paisley, Scotland
My wife and I had visited the battle site over 55 years ago and this time found it much more accessible and commemorated more officially. We initially had approached it via the A697 from Wooler and away to our left saw the Monument in the distance seemingly up a rough narrow dirt track signed "Flodden"!!!). Fortunately we continued into Branxton and from there found the official carpark. There are steep steps leading up to the Monument, however there is also a circuitous well defined pathway with a slight gradient which even a person with walking difficulties should manage. Our hearty thanks to those who designed this path - otherwise my wife would not have been able to join me at the Monument and share our thoughts of yesteryear.
A Solitary Place to Honor Thousands, Mostly Scotts Who Died Here
Linda C, Longwood, Florida
My family (I'm from the US) were mostly Scottish (with a bit of Norman thrown in for good measure) and so Scottish History has come to be an interesting thing for me. I am also very interested in the Tudors so that makes this battlefield all the more interesting for me as this is the largest battle ever fought between the two countries. It is the site where James IV of Scotland led troops against his Brother-in-law's country (Henry VIII) while Henry was attacking France (which James felt broke the treaty that Henry had signed with him and the king of France). Henry's first wife (soon to be divorces and put aside) Catherine of Argon raised the army and sent it under some of Henry's nobles to stop the Scotch--which they did killing many (estimates go up to 10,000 lost) Scots including the King. Interestingly enough this was the last King of Britain to die in battle--also of note the last English King to die in battle was killed by Henry's father (Henry VII) when he led an invasion and rebellion against Richard III--which makes the Tudors responsible for both king's deaths. The spot has some information about the battle site, the battle itself and a cross of memorial on the top of the gentle incline. All it all it is a quiet pastoral setting at the edge of a small village and is a place of rememberance and contemplation. I recommend you visit it but please don't expect glamour and fanfare--this is a rememberance of loss of life on a grand scale and thus is remember appropriately I think.
thecumbriantraveller, Penrith, United Kingdom
Thanks to a good guide pamphlet available at the location. It brought what happened 500+ years ago too life. Hard to believe that so many lives were lost in what is now such a peaceful place. Like I said thought provoking or there for the grace of God ...