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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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Dogs / pets allowed
Melody S, Brisbane, Australia
Stumbled on this site as I was driving back from Scotland and wished I had known more about this battleground before. The information provided was very interesting, which encouraged me to do further research when I returned home. The walk up is a bit steep but the view from the top is well worth it. I would recommend a stop here for all history buffs.
Our Island History
Brian L, Louth, United Kingdom
First time to Flodden, there are large illustrated boards depicting the battle, one is called the Killing Fields, a sobering sight to be informed there were more killed here that at The Somme, the village of Branxton nearby was here at the time to the battle, a visit to the church is wothwhile
Time to pause
Went to Flodden Field as part of our journey around the area. Large car park from which to get your bearings, Boards to read which gives an indication of how it started and was lost. Very wet cold day so we didn't walk to the monument and took shelter in the church opposite the car park. Beautiful old church, picked up a book on Flodden and made a donation. Learnt that the king's body had been laid to rest in the church. To see the vast field and imagine the amount of men who died there was humbling. Not a lot to see but you can get a sense of the history if you stand and pause a while.
History Before Your Very Eyes
bigmaldevon, Devon, United Kingdom
A great opportunity to get to grips with a great piece of history. As with all Battlefields a little preparatory research always pays dividends. The Battlefield and walk is well marked with good interpretation boards at important points. The whole battlefield is laid out before you and by following the designated walk you can get a really good understanding of the battle and its outcome.
Flodden Battlefield Site
CUMBRIAVIEW, Conwy, United Kingdom
If your interested in Historic battle sites and you are in the area then its worth spending an hour here There is not a lot to see but as you look around and by using the information boards you can see how the battle started developed and concluded.