In the early 17th Century the Vicar of St Mary Magdelene, and also Rector of Knaptoft was John Moore, a Puritan who wrote A Mappe of Man's Mortalite in 1617 and often struggled to maintain his principles against the authorities within the Church of England. In November 1604 he was brought before the ecclesiastical court for nonconformity, refusing to wear the surplice, and summoned a further four more times in 1605. He was finally discharged by the court in 'hope of conformity'.
A holy well on the road south and west of the village – between the main Leicester-Northampton road (now the A5199) and Bruntingthorpe – was converted into a spa that was popular during the first half of the nineteenth century. The waters were held to be efficacious in treating skin diseases, indigestion, rheumatism, bilious and nervous disorders. Analysis of the mineral content revealed the major constituents to be sodium sulphate and sodium chloride. As early as 1855 it was reported to have fallen out of popularity. Nonetheless the 'Bath Hotel and Shearsby Spa' (SP621900) remains in business at its site.
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- Rev Stephen Copson, The Identification of a Parliamentary Army Chaplain: John Moore of Leicestershire, Leicestershire Archaeological and History Society (1994)
- The Holy Wells of Leicestershire and Rutland
- British Association for the Advancement of Science. A Guide to Leicester and District. Leicester: Edward Shardlow, 1907
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