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In the last decades of the reign of

Queen Elizabeth the First

there lived

an Ordinary Man

of whom very little is known.

No documents prove his existence

but he probably lived in Loddington in East Leicestershire.

His name was possibly Richard, William or Francis.

It is extremely likely he worked on the land.

Of this man only three things are certain.......

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His surname was Shellaker,

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He had a son named Richard,

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and he is my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather.

This is the story of his

Descendants......

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1646

Loddington Church

On the 6th of July, during the English Civil War,
the baptism of ‘Eleanor, the daughter of
Richard & Jone Shelaker’
took place in the
parish church in the East Leicestershire village
of Loddington.

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Parish Records

Records show on Thursday 3rd April Elleanor
Shillakars
was married to Charles Newby in the,
now isolated, Loddington parish church near
the border of East Leicestershire and the County
of Rutland.

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1682

Lyndon in Rutland

1682 to 1843. Between these years the name
‘Shellaker’ appears on 38 occasions in the
records of baptisms, marriages and funerals
in the church of St Martin’s in Lyndon - over
160 years and five generations.

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1884

Schooling in Tugby

Despite gaining the highest academic standard
achievable, Richard Shellaker's daughter Emma
was prevented from teaching at the village school
in Tugby due to the non-conformist beliefs of her
family.

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1886

Shellaker Lodge Farm

In the Spring of this year, Richard Shellaker
moved with his wife Mary Shellaker, and their
seven children from their home and Butchers
Shop in Chapel Lane Tugby to Billesdon
Lodge Farm
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The Shellaker Family

This photograph was taken in front of Shellaker
Lodge Farm. On the back row from left to right
John, William and the father Richard. Seated
on the front row Nellie, Polly, Mary (mother),
Sarah and Emma.

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1931

Fire at the Nursery

7th March. - As Dad turned to look at
the cottage he saw the roof was blazing!.
He ran to the bottom of the stairs and
shouted........

.....“Get up all of you, the house is on fire!”

SHELLAKER STORIES


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