The first records of Shelswell date from the 8th century. During the Norman conquest King William confiscated the estate and bestowed it upon his powerful brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux who appears on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Shelswell is also mentioned in the Doomsday Survey of 1086.
Through the centuries Shelswell has enjoyed mixed fortunes but has survived the difficulties caused by The Reformation, Enclosures Acts, The Civil War and subsequent World Wars. Today no buildings remain of the medieval village which overlooked the lake. For further detailed information see: www.british-history.ac.uk
It was in the 18th century that improvements were started with the formation of a small park and planting of trees. In 1782 the Estate was bought by Gilbert Harrison, an ancestor of the present owners. Much of what you see today is the legacy of the major improvements to properties, parkland and woodland that he and his descendants carried out.