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
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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W H Sheldon was a public transport pioneer who built tram systems all over Britain and Europe
William Sheldon fought alongside the ill-fated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field
John Sheldon, an 18th century surgeon, anatomist and scientist, became the first Englishman to fly
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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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…