"SHIRLAND is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale, two miles N.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 lies 141 miles north of the city of London, 2 miles north of Alfreton on the A61 and about 5 miles south of Clay Cross on that same road. It covers over 2,942 acres and includes the hamlets of Higham, Hallfield Gate and Stonebroom. The River Amber forms the western border of the parish.
Higham is less than a mile north-west of Shirland village. Prior to 1785, this was a market town an its ancient market cross still stands.
Stonebroom has grown to be the largest settlement in the parish. It was formerly a hamlet and in it was established an ecclesiastical parish in June, 1910, when St. Peter's Church was licensed.
There is a golf course just south of Shirland village. Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Golf Course on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011. Trevor knows that golf is easier in July than in January.
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