FLESHING OUT THE BONES OF OUR SHARED SHELDON HISTORY

Discover scores of larger-than-life characters who have illuminated the Sheldon story over a thousand years

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The Sheldon Tapestries

The Sheldon Tapestries marked an attempt by wealthy landowner William Sheldon and his son Ralph to create new rural employment opportunities through the development of new skills imported from continental Europe.

Sheldon fortunes take a downwards turn

Ralph Sheldon was fortunate not to have been drawn into the 1583 Throckmorton Plot to murder Queen Elizabeth and replace her on the English throne with Mary Queen of Scots…

A life blighted by the march of religious change

A first look at the life of Ralph Sheldon, whose days were dogged by religious persecution and by greedy adversaries who cast envious eyes over his vast wealth…

From humble beginnings in rural Warwickshire, one Sheldon family grew to become one of the most powerful in England, creating an incredible saga along the way. We follow their rise and fall through 900 years of turbulent history, from a knight in the service of King Edward I, to a Sheldon in Tudor times once described as the “richest commoner in England”.
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Be prepared to be surprised… shocked… saddened… amazed… elated… but never disappointed

Anyone bearing the Sheldon name will find the story of Sarah Sheldon a harrowing one. Even by the often barbaric nature of justice back in 1692, being burnt at the stake over a handful of dud coins seems a punishment out of all proportion. Counterfeiting was a treasonable offence and as such was subjected to the harshest penalties. Convicted males were often hanged, drawn and quartered. Women were spared that; In deference to their ‘dignity’ they were burnt at the stake instead!
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Where Sheldons lived during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

A SEARCH THROUGH the earliest-available parish records from 16th century England gives us a good indication of the geographical distribution of people with the Sheldon surname at the time…

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