Welcome to Skeffington
I am the Temporary Site Administrator for this village. I am here to help you with adding postings and to support you in adding pages and pictures about your village and village life - both present and past. However, if you live in this village and would like to become the site administrator, please get in touch.
My name is Toni Smith (Mrs)and I can be contacted by the following link
How Did Skeffington Get It's Name?
Skeffington was anciently called Sciftitone, and oftentimes written Skeffintone, Skeftongton, Skeftington Skivington, and Skevington from the Saxon words sceap or sceaft meaning a sheep, and tun - a town.
The name is from the Old English Sceaftingtun, "settlement" (Old English tun) associated with "Sceaft", a byname meaning 'shaft', 'spear'. The initial consonant was modified from 'sh' to 'sk' under Scandinavian influence.
It is of Olde English and Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century origins, the parish and village of Skeffington being in the county of Leicestershire. According to Ekwall's famous book on English place names, the derivation is from 'Sceaft - ing - tun', meaning the place of the Sceaft tribe. 'Sceaft' itself may be a derivative of 'sceap', meaning sheep, and therefore refer to a tribe who were famous for their sheep breeding. The village is first recorded in the year 1086 in the famous Domesday Book, and then in the spelling of 'Scifitone' becoming 'Sceaftinton' in the year 1192.
About 1790, John Nichols wrote: It is a small village seated on a fine eminence, close by and south of the turnpike road leading from Uppingham to Leicester; distant from the County Town about 10 miles, and from Uppingham about 9 miles. Its situation is pleasant, dry and healthy. It is bounded on the east by Tugby, on the south by Tolleston, on the west by Billesdon, on the north by Tilton and on the north-east by a small part of Lodington; and' in the ecleiastical division of the county, is within the deanery of Goscote.