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.
FREEHOLD ESTATE, AT SHIRLEY.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. GOODWIN,
LOT 1.— ALL that Messuage, Farm-house or Tenement, with the outbuildings, yard, garden, orchard and appurtenances to the same belonging ; and also three a Closes or parcels of rich meadow and pasture Land adjoining, called the Croft, the Holly Croft, and the Stubble, containing together about 10 Acres.
LOT 2.— Three Closes or parcels of Land called the Hill Stead Meadow, the Lawsuch, and the Lawsuch Meadow,. containing together about 8 Acres.
LOT 3.— Two Closes or parcels of Land called the Derby Pitts, containing together about 5 Acres.
LOT 4.— A Close of rich grazing Land called Withy Pitts, containing about 8 Acres.
LOT 5.— A piece of uninclosed Land in Shirley Nether field, containing about half an Acre.
The above Estate is situate at Shirley aforesaid, and is distant about four miles only from the Town of Ashborne, and nine miles from Derby, and is now in the possession of Mr. Thomas Strong, the owner, who will show the same.
For further particulars apply to Mr. Strong, or the Auctioneer, Shirley; or Mr. Fox, Attorney, Ashborne.
N.B. One half of the purchase money may, if required, remain on security of the respective lots ; or the purchaser may be accommodated with the whole on reasonable additional security.
Ashborne, 19th March, 1827.
"Advertisements & Notices." Derby Mercury 21 Mar. 1827. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 20 May 2016. URL http://tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3QpFk1Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3202741640 (subscription required)
"District News." Derby Mercury 29 Mar. 1871. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 5 May 2016. URL http://tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3MS6x1Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3202758972