EARL-SHILTON, a chapelry, in the parish of Kirby-Mallory, union of Hinckley, hundred of Sparkenhoe, S. division of the county of Leicester, 3¾ miles (N. E.) from Hinckley; containing 2220 inhabitants. Here was a Norman castle, belonging to the earls of Leicester, who were at one period lords of the manor; but it is now entirely destroyed, the site being denoted only by a mount, and a spot called the Castleyard, or Hall-yard. The township is situated on the road from Leicester to Coventry, and comprises by measurement 2017 acres, of which the soil is chiefly clay and gravelly loam: the population is partly employed in the stocking-manufacture, which is carried on extensively; and there are quarries of very excellent stone for building. The chapel, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient edifice, said to have been built of the stones of the castle. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1778; the land comprises 85 acres. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists. £56 per annum, arising from land awarded at the inclosure, in lieu of copyhold property purchased by a bequest of Sir Verney Noel's, are received for apprenticing children, and distributing bread to the poor, who are also entitled to about £20, the rent of 13 acres allotted at the same time for their benefit.