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Battle of Heavenfield (Hexhamshire and District; Wall)

Heavenfield is associated with a battle fought in AD635. It took place between the Anglo-Saxon king Oswald and the Welsh king Cadwallon. Cadwallon was defeated and killed near Rowley Burn, about seven miles to the south. The actual battle site is unknown but Heavenfield is thought to be site of Oswald's camp from which he launched an attach on Cadwallon's camp. A large wooden cross was placed here in 1927 replacing a stone cross which had stood here until 1807. The stone cross had used a Roman altar as its base stone. The altar is now in St Oswald's Church.

Reference number:N8573
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Hexhamshire and District
Local History of Wall
Local History of Hexhamshire and District

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