Wark on Tweed

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There is also Wark on Tyne in the same county, (site of another Wark Castle)
Wark is located in Northumberland
 Wark shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NT826386
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TD12
Dialling code 01890
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Berwick
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Coordinates: 55°38′28″N 2°16′38″W / 55.6410°N 2.2771°W / 55.6410; -2.2771

Wark on Tweed (usually referred to simply as Wark) is a village in the English county of Northumberland. It lies about 15 miles (24 km) south west of Berwick-upon-Tweed

It is on the south bank of the River Tweed that can be considered the border between England and Scotland.


The ruins of Wark on Tweed castle, originally an early 12th century motte-and-bailey, lie at the west end of the village. The castle (alternatively referred to as Carham Castle) was strategically important in the wars between Scotland and England, as the border cuts south from the Tweed not far upstream. The view of Wark for the Scottish and English was therefore uncomfortably or conveniently, respectively, close to Roxburgh, and a good base for English advances into Tweedale. It was demolished and rebuilt on several occasions between the 12th and 16th centuries. It is one of a number of supposed locations for the garter incident behind the naming of the Order of the Garter.

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