William Shenstone (1714–63) was an English poet and one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes. Son of Thomas Shenstone and Anne Penn, daughter of William Penn of Harborough Hall, then in Hagley, Shenstone was born at the Leasowes, Halesowen. At that time this was an enclave of Shropshire within the county of Worcestershire and now in the West Midlands. Shenstone received part of his formal education at Halesowen Grammar School. In 1741, Shenstone became bailiff to the feoffees of Halesowen Grammar School.