The Shirley Village Archive

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.

Prior to the Norman conquest, Shirley was held by Sewallis but was granted to Henry de Ferrers by King William.

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.

The site attempts to record the history of the village: the people who lived here, their households and the buildings they lived in. Finally there's their grave.

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 archivist@shirleyarchive.org.uk 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.

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Latest News

SHIRLEY, DERBYSHIRE,
VALUABLE 'FREEHOLD RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, WITH I8 ACRES RICH OLD PASTURE LAND, KNOWN AS "SHIRLEY MOUNT."
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Messrs. CUMBERLAND and SONS,
At the "SARACEN'S HEAD INN," Shirley, in the county of Derby, on MONDAY, July 1st, 1896, at Four for Five o'clock in the afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale embodying the Common Form Conditions of the Derby Law Society, to be then produced:—
ALL that valuable FREEHOLD RESIDENCE known as "SHIRLEY MOUNT," containing parlour, sitting-room, kitchen, scullery, dairy, cellar, store closet, and five bedrooms, together with excellent out-buildings, comprising tying for 14 cows, stable for two horses, loose boxes, gig house. piggeries. cart shed, hay barn, and other out offics ; with Orchard, Garden, and three FIELDS of RICH OLD TURF LAND, containing according to ordnance plan
18A. 2R. 31P.
or thereabouts, now in the occupation of Mr. Daniel Rushton.
The Property is bounded by lands of Sir Peter Walker and the Shirley and Rodsley-road, to which it has a considerable frontage. Tithe as last paid, £1 17s. 6d. Land Tax, nil. - Timber goes with the Property. The Residence is substantially built, most pleasantly situated on the road from Shirley to Rodsley, about three miles from Brailsford, four from Ashborn (N.S. Railway Station), and 10 from Derby. The garden is tastefully laid out, out-buildings are well arranged,the Land is good old Turf, and the whole is a most desirable investment.
For further particulars apply to Mr. THOS. GILLMAN, Stapleford, Notts; the Auctioneers, The Wardwick, Derby, where plans of the Property may be seen; or to Messrs. BAMFORD, SON, and MATTHEWS, Solicitors, Ashborne.

"Advertisements & Notices." Derby Mercury 26 June 1895. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 20 May 2016. URL http://tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3QprK0Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3202811797 (subscription required)

Derby Mercury, June 26, 1895

EMPLOYERS' AND WORKMAN'S ACT.— Arthur Stone, a farm labourer, in the employ of Thomas Wheeldon, of Shirley, farmer, was summoned for leaving his master's employ without authority, and 30s. was claimed as damages.— The bench allowed 5s. damages and costs, 14s., and gave 14 days time for payment.

"District News." Derby Mercury 5 Aug. 1891. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 25 May 2016. URL http://tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3RgnJ9 Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3202803455

Derby Mercury, August 5, 1891

JOHN WILKINSON & FISHER F.A.I.
AUCTIONEERS, VALUERS, AND SURVEYORS
BURGHLEY HOUSE, 1, FULL STREET, DERBY.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, at 12.30. RECTORY FARM, SHIRLEY.— 20 home-bred BEASTS, Brown in-foal mare, 40 couples fowls, potatoes, implements, tackle, etc. For Mr. Fred Hill.

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Derby Daily Telegraph - 11 March 1933