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The Battle of Otterburn was fought in August 1388 between the English and Scottish armies, led by the young Harry ‘Hotspur’ Percy and the Earl of Douglas respectively. Today the believed site of the battlefield is marked by Percy’s Cross and is designated by Historic England as a Registered Battlefield. Further details on the battle can be found on this link to the Battlefields Trust website: The Battle of Otterburn
The Battle of Otterburn is one of the best documented medieval battles thanks to the accounts of the medieval historian Jean Froissart. Volunteers are currently involved in carrying out historic document research to piece together what the sources written at the time can tell us about the battle. We are also working with landscape and battlefield archaeologists to reconstruct the medieval landscape and answer some of the questions as to the location and action of the battle. Alongside ground survey work, it is likely that the project will also involve some limited areas of excavation and metal detecting.
Following completion of the research and investigations, we will work in partnership with the Battlefields Trust and Otterburn Parish Council to develop high quality interpretation at the Percy Cross picnic site. This will include improvements to the current parking and picnic tables, an interpretative walkway up to a battlefield viewing area to tell the story of the battle, and a reflective space around the Percy Cross, with seating. We hope to also develop a walk around the area with a linked app for mobile phones, using existing public rights of way.