The Shirley Village Archive

Magna Britannia Vol 5 (Document)

SHIRLEY in the hundred of Appletree and deanery of Derby lies about ten miles from Derby and about three and a half south east from Ashborne The parish comprises the township of Stydd and the chapelry of Yeavely The manor of Shirly Sirelei belonged to Henry de Ferrars In the reign of Henry II it was held under the Ferrars family by the immediate ancestor of Earl Ferrars who seating himself here took the name of Shirley The name of Saswallo or Sewall the ancestor of this family occurs in the Domesday Survey as holding manors but not Shirley under superior Lords His grandson Sewall who died in 1129 is said in the Peerages to have k George Earl of Shrewsbury died seised of these manors 33 Eliz 1 Quo Warranto Roll m John Revel Esq of Shirland 1537 John Revel Esq of Ogston 1699 been

been the first who took the name of De Shirley but the pedigree in Glover's Visitation makes his great grandson Sir James de Shirley who died in 1278 to have been the first who was so called Sir Thomas Shirley who died in 1362 was a distinguished military character His son Sir Hugh was slain at the battle of Shrewsbury Sir Ralph son of Sir Hugh was one of the chief commanders at the battle of Agincourt Their descendant Sir George was created a Baronet in 1611 and his great grandson who in 1677 had been declared Lord Ferrars of Chartley in virtue of his descent from that noble family through one of the coheiresses of Devereux Earl of Essex was in 1711 created Viscount Tam worth and Earl Ferrers Shirley has long ceased to be the seat of this noble family the manor is now the property of the Honourable Washington Shirley There was formerly a large park at Shirley In the parish church is a memorial for William Pegge Esq of Yeldersley the last of that branch of the family who died in 1768 The church of Shirley was given to Darley Abbey by Fulcher de Ireton of a younger branch of the Shirley family and confirmed by James de Shirley about the year 1230 Mr Steeples is the present impropriator and Earl Ferrers patron of the vicarage The parochial chapelry of Yeavely lies about two miles from Shirley Ralph le Fun in the reign of Richard I gave the hermitage of Yeavely to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem on condition that he should inhabit it during his life It afterwards became a preceptory of that order and its revenues with that of Barrow in this county were valued at 93l 3s 4d clear yearly income The site of Yeavely was granted by King Henry VIII in 1543 to Charles Lord Mountjoy conveyed by his son James Lord Mountjoy in 1557 to Ralph Brown and by the latter in 1559 to Francis Colwich It continued a considerable time in the last mentioned family was afterwards in that of Hurd and is now the property of John Walker Esq There are considerable remains of the chapel of this preceptory called Stydd chapel The manor of Yeavely belonged at an early period to the Meynells by whom lands at Yeavely were given to the Hospitallers Having passed by marriage to the Shirleys it is now the property of the Honourable Washington Shirley The minister of Yeavely chapel is appointed by the vicar of Shirley 0 From a MS pedigree in the British Museum drawn up by Thomas Shirley

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