"SHIRLAND is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale, two miles S.W. from Alfreton, containing the hamlet of HIGHAM, which was formerly a market town, but discontinued as such about 1785. Higham is a place of considerable antiquity situate on the Iknield-street of the Romans. The parish church, dedicated to St. Leonard contains several ancient monuments of the De Greys. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,212 inhabitants, and Higham 595 of that number."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish covers over 2,942 acres and includes the hamlets of Hallfield Gate and Stonebroom. Stonebroom has grown to be the largest settlement in the parish. The River Amber flows through the parish. There is a golf course near Shirland village.