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Post Office Directory of Nottinghamshire

Printed and published by Kelly and Co, 1855

SHIRLEY is a township, parish and village, 4½ miles south-east from Ashbourne, and 10 north-west from Derby, in Appletree Hundred, and Union of Ashbourne, The church of St. Michael is a handsome building; in 1842 it was repaired, at an expense of about £600. The living is in the diocese of Licbfield and archdeaconry of Derby, and the gift of Earl Ferrers; the Rev. Eardley Wilmot Micbell, B.C.L., is the vicar and incumbent; value £150 per annum by commutation. A National school was erected in the village, in 1844, by subscription, aided by a parliamentary grant. Here is a Primitive Methodist chapel, and several small charities. Acreage, with Yeaveley, 3,560; population of Shirley, 387.
Adams William, timber merchant
Beeson Joseph, farmer
Blake William, shopkeeper
Blore Hannah (Mrs.), farmer, Peatshay
Bonsall Matthew, dairy farmer
Chadfield Henry, farmer & timber dlr
Copestake Thos. dairy farmer, Old park
Dale Robert, farmer
Dale Thomas, shoemaker
Dakin William, farmer, Old park
Gadsby William, blacksmith
Gilman William, farmer & miller
Goodall Daniel, parish clerk
Goodall John, farmer
Goodall Robert, “Saracen’s Head,” & farmer
Goodall William, dairy farmer
Greatorex James, bricklayer
Hitcbcock John, farmer
Hitchcock Richard, farmer
Hodson William, farmer
Leedham William, butcher & farmer
Lemon John, farmer
Litchfield James, farmer, Common
Maskery Joseph, carpenter
Maskery Joseph, farmer
Metcalfe Thomas, farmer
Morley John, farmer, Brook
Pegge William, farmer
Rix William, dairy farmer
Staples Sarah (Mrs.), farmer
Walker Charles, farmer, Lodge
Warren John, bricklayer
Wibberley Joseph, farmer, Wormsley
Wright Thomas, shoemaker
Yeomans John, dairy farmer
National School, David Brierly, master; Miss Harriett Mason, mistress

There is also reference to:

PEATSHAY, Old Park, Wormsley, Brook, Lodge farm, Gravelly Bank, and Hale's Green, are farms.

Retrieved from Special Collections Online. A full pdf is available. The entry for Shirley is page 137.