Place:Branxton, Northumberland, England

Alt namesFloddensource: battlefield in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates55.631°N 2.168°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoGlendale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Glendale Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Berwick upon Tweed District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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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. It had a population of 121 in the UK census of 2001, rising slightly to 123 at the 2011 UK census.

Branxton is very close to the site of the Battle of Flodden, fought on 9 September 1513 between Scotland and England, the latter prevailing. King James IV of Scotland was killed in this battle.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Branxton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BRANXTON, a parish in Glendale [registration] district, Northumberland; on the skirts of the Teviots and the river Till, 3 miles ESE of Cornhill [railway] station, and 9 NW by N of Wooler. Post Town, Etal, under Coldstream. Acres: 1,487. Real property: £2,392. Population: 255. Houses: 44. The property is divided between two. Here is the field of the battle of Flodden, fatal to James IV. of Scotland, fought in 1513. See Flodden. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £234. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is good. Stockdale, the poet, was a native."

Branxton was originally an ancient parish in the Glendale Ward of Northumberland. It had no chapelries or townships. From 1894 until 1974 the parish was part of Glendale Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Branxton became part of the Berwick upon Tweed District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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