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



And we have lots of new material to add over the course of the coming months

The complexities of Leicestershire mining

A more detailed look at the Sheldons’ involvement in the Leicestershire coalfield, which began during the reign of Henry VIII and lasted for another 200 years. The methods were primitive but William Sheldon and his heirs certainly knew how to make their investment pay…

William Sheldon (1500-1575) Part Two

Thomas Habington, the respected Worcestershire chronicler who lived through the same tumultuous period in English history, said of William Sheldon: “In our age for wisdom, estate and authority in our county he equalled most of the gentlemen of England”…

William Sheldon (1500-1575) Part one

William Sheldon (1501-1575) lived through one of the most turbulent periods of English history but had the good sense not to publicy commit himself to either side of the great religious divide that caused so many of his contemporaries to lose their heads…

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”.
Follow the Sheldon saga

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!
Read Sarah’s harrowing story

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…