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Help and advice for Shirland

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Shirland

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Archives and Libraries

Stonebroom is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which has three stops in the Village on every fourth Wednesday afternoon.

Shireland is served by the same Mobile Library on route 5 on every fourth Wednesday afternoon.

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Cemeteries

  • The parish council has purchased land adjacent to St. Leonard's churchyard for a public cemetery. Burials are monitored by the parish council's Burial Board.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2759

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Shirland area or see them printed on a map.

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.
     
  • The church was built around the 14th century at the east end of the village. There is evidence of an earlier church in the parish.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1848.
     
  • The church seats 200.
     
  • In 1892 the churchyard was enlarged.
     
  • William HENDERSON has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
     
  • Ian S. has a good photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.
     
  • St. Peter's Church in Stonebroom was built in the 13th century.
     
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Stonebroom Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011. It appears that they never built the tower that was planned around 1910.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1678 for burials and 1695 for all other entries.
     
  • Marriages at Shirland, 1695-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
     
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St. Leonard's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.
     
  • The Society of Friends (Quakers) had a meeting house here in Toad Hole before 1857.
     
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here before 1857.
     
  • A Wesleyan Methodist Reformers chapel was built in Higham in 1852.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel in Shirland in 1911.
     
  • St. Peter's Church in Stonebroom has a parish register that dates from 1895 for baptisms and 1910 for marriages.
     
  • The Baptists had a chapel in Stonebroom built in 1877.
     
  • Stonebroom also had a United Methodist Chapel in 1911.
     
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Stonebroom Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011. This appears to be a more recent structure than the one mentioned above.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
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Description and Travel

"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.

You can see pictures of Shirland which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Shirland to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Shirland has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the Higham Market Cross on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.
     
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE also has a photograph of the Shoulder of Mutton Pub. in Hallfield Gate, on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.
     
  • These are the names associated with the Shoulder of Mutton found in different Directories:
Year  Person
1857 Wm. BATTY
1870 James J. DOLE
1899 John BRAILSFORD
1912 John BRAILSFORD
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Crown Inn in Higham, on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.
     
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Red Lion in Shirland, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.
     
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of the Red Lion in Shirland, on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2015.
     
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Woolpack Pub. in Shirland, on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015. At the time of this picture, the Woolpack was closed.
     
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of The Star in Stonebroom, on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
     
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Military History

  • The War Memorial is the double gate into the churchyard of St. Leonard's Church.
     
  • St. Peter's Church in Stonebroom has a War Memorial on the outside wall of the church.
     
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the War Memorial at St Peter's Church in Stonebroom, on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.
     
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Military Records

  • You can see the War Memorial Plaque for World War I at Military Images, complete with names. The plaque does not identify the units served in or even if this is a list of casualties or of men who served.

There are eight Commonwealth War Graves in St. Leonard's churchyard from the two World Wars:

  1. Samuel BROWN, priv., 4th Btn. Leicester Regt., age 20, died 29 Nov. 1918. Son of George and Hannah BROWN of Stonebroom.
  2. Kenneth CLAYTON, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 27 Spet. 1944. Son of Edward and Hilda CLAYTON.
  3. W. HASLAM, priv., Depot, Sherwood Foresters, died 7 Mar. 1917.
  4. H. HASTON, priv., Depot, Sherwood Foresters, died 25 Oct. 1918. Husband of Lilian Elsie HASTON of Bolton-on-Dearne.
  5. David MOORE, srgt., 1/6 Btn. South Staffs. Regt., age 30, died 15 Sept. 1942. Husband of Joyce MOORE of Morton.
  6. Samuel SADLER, priv., age 42, Labour Corps, died 12 Jan. 1918. Husband of Fanny SADLER.
  7. Alfred SHARRATT, priv., 10th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 40, died 9 Sept. 1916. Husband of Eliza SHARRATT.
  8. Alfred TURTON, lance corp., Royal Armoured Corps, age 26, died 7 Feb. 1942. Husband of Evelyn May TURTON.
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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council. regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT tasked with helping you with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.
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Schools

The Public Elementary School (mixed) at Shirland was built in 1851 and enlarged in 1884 to hold 194 boys and girls and 50 infants. By 1911, it was just an infants school.

A Public Elementary School at Hallfield Gate was founded in 1637, and enlarged in 1876. It was reconstructed in 1891 to hold 101 children.

New Higham Public Elementary School was built in 1895 and enlarged in 1905 to hold 272 boys and girls.

The Stonebroom  Lane Public Elementary School was built in 1870 for 367 boys and girls and 216 infants.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Derelict old school building on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2015.

David BEVIS has a photograph of the same old primary school on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012. He includes a note that the school relocated to Park Road.