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  • St Leonard, Chesterfield Road, Church of England
  • 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.


  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2759


  • St Leonard, Chesterfield Road, Church of England

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.

  • The church was built around the 14th century.

  • 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.

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.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Shirland which are provided by:
"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.



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.


  • Jonathan CLITHEROE 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
  • Davic BEVIS has a photograph of the Red Lion in Shirland, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK389583 (Lat/Lon: 53.120445, -1.420203), Shirland which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial is the double gate into the churchyard of St. Leonard's Church.

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.

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 divic or political issues, but they are NOT tasked with helping you with family history searches.

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.