Although evidence of Iron Age settlements can be found in the Parish, the first dwellings on the site of the present village were probably Saxon. The Doomsday Book records it as a relatively small community. Most of today's buildings were built between the late 18th and late 19th centuries when West Burton was a thriving market town, based on mining rather than agriculture, but with a large number of service businesses. The structure of the Parish has remained largely unchanged since then.