Sir George Shirley’s granddaughter Selina married the Earl of Huntingdon. She was founder of a sect of Calvinistic Methodists known as Lady Huntingdon’s Connexion. She was born at Astwell, August 13 1707, second daughter of Earl Ferrers. Her husband died in 1746 and during the 45 years of her widowhood she and her chaplain George Whitfield established 64 chapels in various parts of England (several in this district, one at Falcutt, one at Astwell). She died in 1791 and is said to have spent over £100,000 in acts of Public and private charity. Buried at Ashby-de-la-Zouche Leics.
She is said to have had part of Astwell (Castle) Manor pulled down and the stone used to build houses for the poor between Astwell and Helmdon. These are believed to have been in the field which is now Stockleys and probably in Astwell ground. Traces of house foundations have been dug up in Stockleys and also Ken* found a 1741 coin there.
Editors note: There were 15 coins found including a King George I halfpenny of 1924, a King George II halfpenny (1727 – 1760), a King George V halfpenny of 1917, and a Queen Victoria halfpenny (1837 – 1901). Of no monetary value, they are now in the possession of the family.