Uncovering the Battle of Flodden

Through rocks, volcanic deposits, tropical seas and glaciers, a project is delving into the ancient past of the Flodden battlefield.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 14 May, 2016, 07:12
Alistair Bowden, project coordinator for Flodden 1513 at the Flodden Field memorial.

Open to everyone and continuing the success of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum project, the second event in the calendar will take place on Saturday, May 28, and consist of part workshop and part walk.

Alistair Bowden, director of Hulam Consulting Ltd, Dr Ian Kille, research geologist, and Alison Tymon, of the West Yorkshire Geology Trust, will uncover how the rocks and recent deposits affected the outcome of the Battle of Flodden, including volcanoes, tropical seas and glaciers.

With our human history deeply interwoven with the landscape in which we live, it very much determines what resources are available to us.

Ian said: “Not only can the context of Flodden Field be traced back to its geological roots, but the very causes of success and failure can be found beneath the slopes and bogs of Branxton Ridge.

“I am really looking forward to this fascinating opportunity to spend a day exploring the surface of the battlefield and the routes leading to it. There really is nothing better than pulling back the turf and discovering the true ancient history of the area.”

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Starting at 10am at Branxton Village Hall, the event will begin with an introduction by Alison Tymon to the geological time. This will be followed by a walk to the Flodden Hill Quarries to look at Devonian andesite lava flows, together with the rocks lurking beneath. The morning will conclude by going on to Twizel Bridge to explore the carboniferous sediments exposed in the river cliff, which have a history all of their own.

Following on from lunch, there will be a special cake for everyone to enjoy. This has been specially created by Alison to simulate the local layers of rock and overlying recent sediments.

The day will conclude with an afternoon walk to explore the battlefield from a number of angles, discovering how the landscape played a huge part in the outcome of the battle.

The event is free to attend with lunch provided. Places are limited and anyone wishing to take part should confirm their attendance with Alistair Bowden Alistair@hulam.co.uk.

The £1.3million project, funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, is the UK’s first cross-border eco-museum. The objective of the project is to raise the profile and tell the story of the Battle of Flodden, leaving a lasting legacy for communities in north Northumberland, and the Scottish Borders.