Description in 1877: "EARL (or EARL'S) SHILTON, one of the largest villages in the county, consists chiefly of one long street, on the high road from Leicester to Hinckley, 9 miles S.W. by W of the former and 4 N.E. by N of the latter. Earl Shilton township, which is in Kirby Mallory Civil Parish, Sparkenhoe Hundred, but Hinckley Union and County Court District, was constituted an ecclesiastical district in 1854, and in 1871 contained 2053 persons, living in 477 houses on 920 acres of land. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in framework knitting and shoe manufacturing. The soil is chiefly clay and a gravelly loam, and the open fields, &c, were enclosed in 1778, when the great tithes were commuted. The Queen, as Duchess of Lancaster, is the lady of the manor, but the rights thereof are reserved to the copyholders themselves. The chief rents were sold by Charles I to the Earl of Ilchester, whose descendant still receives them, but pays them over to Guy's Hospital, London." [White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester & Rutland", 1877]
The parish was in the Hinckley sub-district of the Hinckley Registration District.
The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has alsopublished it in print and Volume 6 covers the Burbage and Earl Shilton sub-district which includes Earl Shilton.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Earl Shilton is a village, a township, a chapelry and a parish 103 miles north of London, 9 miles southwest of Leicester city, 6 miles southeast of Market Bosworth and 4 miles northeast of Hinckley. The parish covers just over 2,000 acres.
The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the village is on the road between Leicester city and Hinckley, possibly better known to you as the A47.
You can see pictures of Earl Shilton which are provided by:
A "Free School" was founded here in 1762 by Alderman Gabriel NEWTON of Leicester. This was later incorporated with the National School built in 1859. The National School was enlarged in 1897 to accomodate 415 children.
An Infants' School was built in 1870 and enlarged in 1902 to hold 251 children.
A Catholic School was built in 1910 for up to 80 children.