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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. As part of this project, volunteers have carried out historic document research to piece together what the sources written at the time can tell us about the battle. We have also worked 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. You can read the landscape archaeology report, which details our findings about the medieval landscape, by clicking on the link below.
Following the landscape archaeology research, fieldwork was carried out in summer 2021, which involved targeted areas of metal detecting, trial trenching and geophysical survey to see if any physical evidence of the battle could be found. A report covering the results of the fieldwork has now been produced and can be viewed and downloaded on the link below.
We are also working in partnership with the Battlefields Trust and Otterburn Parish Council to develop high quality interpretation at the Percy Cross picnic site. We have carried out improvements to the current parking and picnic tables and have created new footpaths up to the battlefield viewing area. New interpretive panels telling the story of the battle are currently in production and are due to be installed in spring 2022.