Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Campaign to Bring History Back to Life; Project Launches with Call to Have Battle Marked

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Campaign to Bring History Back to Life; Project Launches with Call to Have Battle Marked

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ARURAL community will be urged tonight to help put a major Northumbrian battle back on the historical map. On September 14 in 1402, Wooler and its surroundings saw events that helped shape the future of English and Scottish history.

A force led by the Earl of Northumberland and his son Hotspur routed a Scots army in the Battle of Homildon Hill - now know as Humbleton Hill.

Despite the fact that the battle is mentioned by Shakespeare in his play Henry IV Part I, the site is not marked and few if any visitors to the Cheviot Hills area know of this dramatic episode in Northumberland's history. Now the Homildon Hill Battlefield Project aims to change all that and will be launched tonight at a public meeting at 7pm in the Cheviot Centre in Wooler. Several groups have come together to back the project and involve the local community including the Battlefields Trust, Northumberland National Park Authority and the Glendale Local History Society. Glendale Local History Society spokesman Kevin Malloy said: "This was a very significant battle nationally and politically and it is important that such a key event is remembered and commemorated. The meeting will be an opportunity for everyone to hear about the importance of this battle to British history, to discuss possible themes for the project and to look at the benefits it might bring to the area.

"We want the community to come forward with ideas, which might range from a battlefield memorial and booklet to information panels, exhibitions, artworks or wall hangings in Wooler." The site's so-called "Battle Stone" is probably a Bronze Age standing stone with no link to the events of 1402.

There are conflicting accounts of the battle and one idea is to carry out investigations using ground penetrating radar and metal detectors and involving schools in research.

The event is being held as archaeological digs are being carried out and plans laid to mark the 500th anniversary of another epic Northumbrian Anglo-Scots clash at Flodden Field. Tonight's meeting will be chaired by local archaeologist and trustee of The Glendale Gateway Trust, Roger Miket.

Geoffrey Carter, chairman of the North East and Borders region of The Battlefields Trust, will give an introduction to the Battle of Homildon Hill. …

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