In the last decades of the reign of
Queen Elizabeth the First
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.......
His surname was Shellaker,
He had a son named Richard,
and he is my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather.
This is the story of his
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.