Whilst the Scottish army was taking up a very strong position on Flodden Edge, the English army was also on the march.

The English army originally mustered at Newcastle, but this location was found to be unsuitable so they moved to Bolton.  From there they started their march towards the Flodden battlefield.  The English commanders realised that the Scots were in a very strong position and decided to outflank it.  They split the army in two and giving the Scottish army a wide berth, one half crossed the river Till at Heaton Ford whilst the other half carried on to cross the river by Twizel bridge.  The English formed their own battle lines on Piper Hill, putting themselves between the Scottish army and their homeland.

Coincidentally JHL has posted wonderful picture of this bridge today.

***Index to my posts on Flodden.***

13 Comments CherryPie on Oct 27th 2009

13 Responses to “Flodden Field Battle Trail – Part 5”

  1. angus says:

    I got one of those comments too Cherrypie, exactly the same wording, looks like a bit of brown runny stuff stirring.

    By the way interesting post, great pics, have you seen the news about the war of the roses today? seems thay have the wrong location:)

    • CherryPie says:

      It does seem so and there is only one place for brown runny stuff ;-)

      No I haven’t seen the news about that, I shall have to check it out :-)

  2. liz says:

    I like that bridge! It fools the eye and makes you look twice.

  3. More great shots Cherie

  4. jameshigham says:

    I’m having trouble keeping up with it all now.

  5. Dragonstar says:

    What a beautiful bridge!

  6. Phidelm says:

    This is how history should be taught in schools! Great pix, Cherie – and the supporting text is so illuminating. From what I can gather of a shamefully cursory glance at military history of the period, whichever force had control of ford + bridge had the upper hand.

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