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Many of the older buildings in the village had deteriorated and crumbled by the 1960s and some thatched cottages were demolished as early as 1965.
The name of the village has been spelt in various fashions over the centuries in a range of documents:- Sotteswalle around 1135, Shoteswell (1165), Schoteswell (1189), Schotewell (1190), Scoteswell (1221), Sotteswell (1235), Schetteswell (1315), Shotteswell (14), Shatswell (1705) as well as Cheleswell, Seteswell, Scacheswell and Shotswell, the latter in censuses of the mid-nineteenth century.
It is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon "Soto", a family name, and "will", a well – that is – "the well of Scot".
The 2011 UK National Census recorded that the population size was similar, the village having a total of 221 inhabitants.
The median age of the inhabitants in 2011 was 49 years.
98.6% of the population were described as "White British" and 5.4% had been born outside of The United Kingdom.
Principal occupations of the inhabitants in 2011 were education-related professions (16.2%), professional, scientific and technical occupations (15.4%), manufacturing (10.0%), human health and social work activities (9.2%), administrative and support services (8.5%) with only 2.3% recorded as working in the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors.
Laurence Church states:- "Local pronunciation of Shotteswell – Satchel".
The village occupies part of a range of heights gradually rising from north to south to 600 feet (180 m).