Otterburn, Northumberland

Otterburn, Northumberland

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Otterburn is a small village in Northumberland, England, northwest of Newcastle Upon Tyne on the banks of the River Rede, near the confluence of the Otter Burn, from which the village derives its name. It lies within the Cheviot Hills about from the Scottish border. The parish of Otterburn is at the heart of Redesdale, a remote Northumbrian upland valley steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty.

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Otterburn was the site of a major battle in 1388 between the English and Scottish armies. The engagement, in which Sir Henry Percy was taken captive, is the subject of the English ballad Chevy Chase and the Scots ballad Otterburn.

The battle of Otterburn ended in an English rout. Douglas was killed, Percy captured and over a thousand of the English were taken, left dead on the field or slain as they fled. The dead were carried to Elsdon church, three miles (5 km) from Otterburn, where they were buried.


Otterburn is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

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Today, the village is noted for its proximity to the Otterburn Training Area, one of the UK’s largest army training ranges at some .


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