|Field where Eads Hall stood|
The mansion was originally a hunting lodge, and when Waltheof, the Prince's maternal grandfather, bought it, he fortified it and added more buildings, making it a proper palace. Waltheof had a sad ending, suffering beheading at the command of William the Conquerer for his part in the Revolt of the Earls.
|Chapel of St. John|
|Looking across the field to the brook|
After Henry's death, Ada de Warenne made her home in Haddington, Scotland, and gave the Hall to her chaplain, Robert.
She also gave her land in Whitfield to the nuns at Hexham Abbey.
The chaplain and his family took on the name of Whitfield, and it is said that those who go by the surname today are his descendants.
There is nothing left of Eads Hall today, only the field where once it stood. The trees on the right in the photo line the brook, and St. John's church stands just beyond them, surrounded by its impressive old graveyard.
|Door to Chapel of St. John|
The area known as Whitfield--not much of the village is left but an elementary school and scattered homes throughout the valley.
|Thistles line path to chapel|
Highway A69 runs between Carlisle and New Castle. Whitfield is shown almost centerpoint.
Have you driven through this area of England/Northumbria, and what were your impressions?