Wark on Tweed

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Wark on Tweed Castle, Northumberland - geograph-2693239.jpg
Wark on Tweed with the ruins of the castle behind
Wark is located in Northumberland
Location within Northumberland
OS grid referenceNT826386
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTD12
Dialling code01890
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55°38′28″N 2°16′38″W / 55.6410°N 2.2771°W / 55.6410; -2.2771Coordinates: 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 approximately 15 miles (24 km) south west of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

It is on the south bank of the River Tweed which marks the border between England and Scotland.[1]


The ruins of Wark on Tweed Castle, originally an early 12th century motte-and-bailey, lie at the west end of the village.

The Ba Green[edit]

The border between Scotland and England runs down the middle of the River Tweed, however between the villages of Wark and Cornhill the Scottish border comes south of the river to enclose a small riverside meadow of approximately 2 acres (0.81 hectares) to 3 acres (1.2 hectares). This piece of land is known as the Ba Green. It is said locally that every year the men of Coldstream (to the North of the river) would play the men of Wark at ba, and the winning side would claim the Ba Green for their country. As Coldstream grew to have a larger population than Wark, the Coldstream men always defeated the Wark men at the game, and so the land became a permanent part of Scotland.[2][3][4]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Berwickshire Sheet XXIX.SW (includes: Coldstream)". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  2. ^ Crofton, Ian (2012). A dictionary of Scottish phrase and fable. Edinburgh: Birlinn. p. 25. ISBN 9781841589770.
  3. ^ Moffat, Alistair (2011-07-01). The Reivers: The Story of the Border Reivers. Birlinn. ISBN 9780857901156.
  4. ^ "(Showing Scottish border south of the Tweed) - Berwickshire Sheet XXIX.SW (includes: Coldstream) -". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018-06-30.

External links[edit]

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