Located in the ceremonial county of Derbyshire, Shirley is 4½ miles SE by S from Ashbourne. The name comes from either Scyrle or Sirelea meaning a clear place or pasture.
The 14th century church dedicated to St. Michael had the north aisle and tower built in 1842 but the poorly constructed tower had to be rebuilt in 1861. A tympanum stone, embedded in a wall suggests an earlier building. In 2012 the south aisle was refurbished and can be used for community events.
Sewallis's son Fulcher fitz Sewallis was the first to hold land at Shirley and his son, Sewallis de Shirley was the first to use the name Shirley. Between 1220 and 1254 the village was the principal seat of the Shirley family but by 1468 they had decamped to Staunton Harold.
Although inextricably linked, the Shirley village archive is about the village of Shirley rather than just the family. The Shirley Asscociation specialise in that.
There's a fair amount of supporting documentation both in the archive or linked to on the web. To see all the various categories, click the List link at the top of the page. You can also do keyword searches of the archive.
The archive is in its early stages with collecting information being the main, and dull, activity. Once done, I'll start linking it all together.
I can be reached at email@example.com and I'm interested in any information you may have about the village. I don't do any commissioned research unless you have ridiculously large amounts of money to give me.
A SHIRLEY BROOK FARM, NEAR ASHBORNE,
IN THE COUNTY OF DERBY.
"Advertisements & Notices." Derby Mercury 27 Mar. 1861. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 30 Apr. 2016. URL http://tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3LRHS4 Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3200027054
DERBY CORONER'S WARNING
A verdict of Accidental death was returned.
Samuel S. Taylor said his wife was taken ill in February and Dr. Hollick, who was called in, suspectcd lead poisoning. She was removed to the Infirmary on March Bth and died on May 4th.
The pump, which had lead fittings, was cleaned out, and another analysis taken. This still showed one-twentieth of a grain. They had not used the water since the first analysis.
In answer to the Coroner, Mr. Taylor said there was no trace of lead that he knew of the strata in the district. The barrel the pump was, .however, made of lead.
Dr. Lyne, house surgeon, said Mrs. Taylor died of nephritis, which was accelerated chronic lead poisoning. It only shows how careful people should be," said the Coroner, "to have pumps periodically examined to see that the water is perfectly pure."