Battle of Newburn Ford - Newcastle upon Tyne / Gateshead

The Battle of Newburn Ford (1640) was the only battle of the Second Bishops' War. The Scottish Army took Newcastle by defeating the English at this river crossing. The Scottish campaign forced Charles I to raise an army against them and, after the loss of Newcastle, to pay them off. This expense meant Charles had to recall Parliament, which proved to be a critical step towards the English Civil War. The battlefield has been subject to piecemeal, peripheral development but an outline action plan has been agreed between Historic England, the local authorities and the Battlefields Trust.

Battle of Newburn Ford - Newcastle upon Tyne / Gateshead
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Battle Of Newburn Ford 1640
    Heritage Category:
    Registered Battlefield
    List Entry Number:
    1000025
    Local Planning Authority:
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Site Type:
    Battlefield

Location

    Locality:
    Ryton / Newburn
    County:
    Tyne and Wear
    District / Borough:
    Newcastle upon Tyne / Gateshead
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Blaydon
    Region:
    North East and Yorkshire

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Battlefield
    Condition:
    Generally satisfactory but with significant localised problems
    Vulnerability:
    High
    Trend:
    Declining
    Priority:
    B - Action/strategy agreed but not yet implemented (where trend is declining or unknown)
    Previous Priority:
    B
    Ownership:
    Private, multiple owners
    Designation:
    Registered Battlefield, 6 LBs, 2 CAs