A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of East Shaftoe and West Shaftoe from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
East Shaftoe was originally a township in the ancient parish of Hartburn, Northumberland. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, but in 1955 it was abolished and absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Capheaton.
The Shaftoe family
Shafto is a surname. The Shafto family origins can be traced back to the Ffolliot family, who were established by the 14th century at Shafto Crag, Northumberland and adopted the alternative surname of Shafto.
Bobby Shafto, was a 18th century British Member of Parliament born in Spennymoor, County Durham and the likeliest subject of a famous North East English folk song. (Source:[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Shafto Wikipedia)
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Shafto family. Includes information on 18th and 19th century members of the family who held political offices in Northumberland and Durham and in the English parliament.