& Edenhall

Langwathby Green

Langwathby (settlement at the long ford) lies on the River Eden about 12 miles north east of Maulds Meaburn. The estate was given to Henry Fitz Sweyn by Henry I, who promptly changed his mind and kept it as a royal estate. After belonging to King John it was given to Alexander, King of Scotland, by Henry III in 1237 for the release of Cumberland and Westmorland. The estate reverted to the English crown on the defection of John Baliol and then later given to the 1st Earl of Westmorland by Richard II. It again reverted to the Crown in 1471 given to Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) by his brother Edward IV. In 1696 it was given to the 1st Earl of Portland until the Duke of Devonshire purchased it in 1787.

The village has two greens although originally one was a pond. Overlooking the greens is the Shepherds Inn which is a good starting point for a delightful walk along the banks of the River Eden to the picturesque village of Edenhall.


Edenhall Village

This is a beautiful sandstone village a few miles from Langwathby. Just outside the village is the lovely 12th century church of St Cuthbert's which has a battlemented tower and dwarf spire. On the tower's western face the coats of arms of the Musgraves, Veteriponts, Stapletons and Hiltons are carved.

The old stone cross close to the church replaced a small water trough in which money was left for goods during the Black Death. The trough was filled with vinegar to prevent the plague spreading. At one time there were several thatched cottages around the church but these fell into disrepair or were burned during the epidemic. About a quarter of the inhabitants were killed by the epidemic.

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