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Stapleford Park and Hall
Part of the Sherard Family tree

The Sherard Family, part of my family history, occupied Stapleford Hall for nearly 500 years - These pages are under review and family history is being added constantly - please revisit regularly


Stapleford Park near Melton Mowbray was for almost five hundred years the home of the Sherard family. There were originally two manors in Stapleford known as Hauberk's manor and Nether Wall manor respectively. Hauberk's manor passed to the Sherards at the end of the fourteenth century on the marriage of Robert Sherard, a descendant of the Sherards of Cheshire, to Agnes Hauberk, daughter and co-heir of Lawrence Hauberk. Before the middle of the sixteenth century the Sherards had come into possession of the Nether Hall manor and they had also acquired through the marriage of Thomas Sherard, the aforesaid Robert's grandson, to Margaret, daughter and heir of John Helwell, the manor of Teigh and Whissendine, Rutland. The earliest part of the house now standing was built in 1500 by the aforesaid Thomas. William Sherard, 1588 - 1640, was knighted in 1622 and created Baron of Leitrym in Ireland in 1627. Bennet Sherard, the third Baron of Leitrymwas created Baron Harborough in 1714 and Earl of Harborough in 1719. Perhaps the most memorable member of the family was the last of the Sherards, Robert, sixth Earl of Harborough, who became notorious for his attitude to the local hunts, to the railway and indeed, to anything which was deemed to encroach upon his estate. He died in 1859 and his widow in 1886. The estate was sold up in 1885 being eventually purchased in 1894 by the grandfather of the present owner, Lord Gretton.