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About Ettington

The manor of Lower Eatington (or Etendone) has been held by the Shirley family since the Domesday Survey in 1086, and possibly long before. No other family in England is known to be able to make such a claim.

A Saxon thane called Saswalo held the manor in 1086, but died around that time. The manor passed to his son, Fulcher, and then to grandson Sewallis, who later moved to Shirley in Derbyshire and took the local name as his own. In 1247, another Sewallis undertook never to sell any part of the manor of Ettington – though the family seat, Ettington Park, is now leased to a hotel group.


My connection with the village is through my paternal ancestors.

Four generations of Heritage’s ran the Saracens Head Inn. My wife and I visited the village in 2013.

You will find references in the various pages to Anthony “Tony” Biles, he was born in the village and is my 2nd cousin.

You will also find references to Robert “Bob" Allso, he wrote a booklet in 2014 “A history of Ettington and its people in the first World War” and followed that with a book entitled “Exploring Ettington’s Past”, published in 2016.

I owe thanks to these two people for much of the information.