From the Doomsday Book 1086
Land of Hugh of Grandmesnil in Guthlaxton Wapentake
in SHILTON (Sceltone).
5. C of land. In Lordship 3 Ploughs, with 1 slave. 10 villagers with a priest, 4 Freemen and 5 smallholders have 3 ploughs.
meadow, 12 acres; a mill at 16d;woodland 8 furlongs long and 3 wide.
the value was 5s; now 70s.
a township and chapelry in the parish of Kirby Mallory, 4 miles from Hinckley, north-east, 6 north-west from Broughton Astley Station, 6 south-east from Market Bosworth, 9 miles south-west from Leicester, and 100 miles from London, in the hundred of Sparkenho, Union of Hinckley, and diocese of Peterborough. The living is a curacy, annexed to Kirkby Mallory rectory. The church is a very old building, with a tower, spire, and 3 bells. Here are four dissenting chapels, namely, for the Independents, the Baptists, the Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, also a free school. Petty sessions are held every alternate Tuesday. here are charities of about the value of £70 per annum. In 1841 the population was 2,220; the acreage 2,000; the manor belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster. There is a court leet for 25 parishes. The Earls of Leicester had a castle here, of which the mount only remains. The people are mostly frame-work knitters. Lady Byron lets them 50 acres of land for spade husbandry.