Tyne and Wear HER(624): Ryton Haugh, supposed Civil War earthworks - Details
Ryton Haugh, supposed Civil War earthworks
In a letter from Lord Conway in 1640, there is reference to an order having been given to cast up works against the fords at Newburn, and a further reference to "two sconces or breastworks" being raised by the English, into each being put 400 musketeers and 4 pieces of ordnance. On 28 August the greater sconce was breached by the Scottish cannon, and the English withdrew. Tradition has it that the surviving earthworks were the "royalist breastworks" thrown up before this battle, but this interpretation is disputed.
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