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  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751


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


Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the Norman Conquest.
  • The present edifice was built in the 11th century and has a 14th century chancel and south aisle.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1832. It was again taken down and rebuilt in 1861 on a new fouindation.
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1842.
  • The church went through a major restoration in 1990.
  • The church seats 200.
  • There is a fine history of the church at the Village Archives provided by Bill.
  • Martyn GLOVER provides a photo of Saint Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of Saint Michael's Tower on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1658 and is in good condition.
  • The London Family History Centre has the parish registers for 1773 through 1981 on microfilm.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here built in 1855.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

"SHIRLEY, with the townships of STYDD and YEAVELEY, forming a parish, in the same hundred as Brailsford, is about 3 miles W. from that village, 9 N.W. from Derby, and 5 S. by E. from Ashbourn. The habitations are so scattered over the parish, that the features of a village are not to be recognised. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small building, with a tower of wood. Shirley park, in this parish, occupies upwards of two hundred acres, and at one time was a noted cover for foxes. Part of the old manor house of the Shirleys, who settled here in the reign of Henry II, still exists attached to a farm house. The parish contained, at the last census, 602 inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

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Hollington is just southeast of Shirley along Marsh Hollow road.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The Saracen's Head is a good spot for catching up on local news and events.
  • The Saracen's Head was built in 1791 and has changed little since then.
  • David STOWELL has a photo of the Saracen's Head on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the Saracen's Head on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.
  • These are the proprietors listed in various directories for The Saracen's Head:
 Year Person
1835 Robert GOODALL
1842 Robert GOODALL
1857 William RIX, vict.
1870 William TWIGG
1874 Wm TWIGG, v. and farmer
1891 Mrs. Elizabeth MELLOR
1912 Mrs. Isabella MELLOR

Military History

Above the font in the church is a framed European War Roll of Honour.


Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II in St. Michael's cemetery:

  1. Jeremy Michael Camerson HARVEY, trooper, Royal Armoured Corps, age 18, died 23 Apr. 1946. Son of Brigadier Charles B. HARVEY, Royal Engineers, and Iris D. HARVEY.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township and parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Shirley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourn Petty Session hearings every Saturday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in 1844 and enlarged in 1893.

Martyn GLOVER has a photograph of a Wintry School Scene on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2010.