Neville's Cross

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What remains of Neville's Cross on Crossgate in Durham

Neville's Cross is a place in County Durham, in England. It is also a ward of Durham with a population taken at the 2011 census of 9,940.[1] It is situated on the A167 trunk road to the west of the centre of Durham.

The area is primarily residential, although there is a newsagent, a Church, some public houses and a primary school located there. The suburb was also home to part of New College Durham until the college consolidated onto its site at Framwellgate Moor in 2005.[2]

History[edit]

Neville's Cross was the site of the Battle of Neville's Cross where in 1346 the English successfully repelled a Scottish invasion force. Knowing that the English army was in France David II of Scotland invaded England. After pillaging much of Northern England the Scots were met at Neville's Cross by an army of Lancastrians, Yorkshiremen and Cumbrians led by the Archbishop of York. The Scots were defeated by the smaller English army and David II was captured. To commemorate the event a cross was erected on the edge of the battlefield by Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby, thus establishing the name for the area used today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "The History of New College Durham". New College, Durham. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 54°46.3′N 1°35.7′W / 54.7717°N 1.5950°W / 54.7717; -1.5950