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Flodden Field (Braxton) - 2004-Feb-06 - Looking SSE from the monument.jpg
Flodden Field, looking south-south-east from the monument erected in 1910. The Scottish army advanced down the ploughed field and the English army down the grassy field in the foreground; presumably, they met at the valley boundary between the two fields.
Branxton is located in Northumberland
Branxton
Branxton
Population 123 (2011)
OS grid reference NT895375
Civil parish
  • Branxton
Unitary authority
  • Northumberland
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CORNHILL-ON-TWEED
Postcode district TD12
Dialling code 01890
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
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UK
England
Northumberland
55°37′51″N 2°10′06″W / 55.6309°N 2.1683°W / 55.6309; -2.1683Coordinates: 55°37′51″N 2°10′06″W / 55.6309°N 2.1683°W / 55.6309; -2.1683

Branxton is a village and civil parish in northern Northumberland, England. It lies about 3 miles (5 km) from the England-Scotland border and about 4 miles (6 km) from the Scottish border town of Coldstream, just off the A697 Newcastle-Edinburgh road. At the 2011 Census, the population of the parish was 123, increasing slightly from 121 at the 2001 Census.

Landmarks

Branxton is very close to the site of the Battle of Flodden, fought on 9 September 1513 between Scotland and England, the latter prevailing. A granite cross on the nearby Piper Hill (UK map reference NT890373) commemorates the battle.

Pallinsburn House, an 18th-century country mansion, stands nearby.

There is a painted concrete menagerie in the garden of one of the houses in the village. The sculptures were made, starting in 1962, by James Beveridge to designs by retired joiner John Fairnington (d. 1981) to amuse his disabled son, Edwin. As well as animals, there are statues of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence and Robert Burns, and many texts set into the plinths and pathways. It has been a popular tourist attraction, with its own tea room, and may still be accessible by the public for free (although with a coin box for voluntary donations).

Religious sites

The parish church, dedicated to Saint Paul, occupies the site of an ancient church which was taken down and replaced by the present structure in 1849.

Notable people

  • Percival Stockdale, (1736–1811) poet, writer and reformer, especially in opposing slavery.
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