The Saracen's Head, Shirley.
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Shirley is a small village and civil parish in Derbyshire, close to the town of Ashbourne. The population of the civil parish as taken at the 2011 Census was 270. It is situated in the countryside on top of a small hill.
In the nineteenth century St Michael's Church, Shirley was led by the Rev. Charles Francis Powys who had a number of literary children.
Rev. Charles Francis Powys was the great nephew of Thomas Powys, created the first Lord Lilford in 1797, and the Powys' were also cousins of the Shirley family who held the living of the parish of Shirley in Derbyshire and were direct descendants of Earl Ferrers, the first Sheriff of the County.
- John Cowper Powys, born in the town, "Derbyshire's most prolific author", according to Tom Bates
- Theodore Francis Powys, born in the town, author
- Gertrude Mary Powys, born in the town, painter
- Littleton Charles Powys, author and headmaster of Sherborne School
- Prof. Rev. Walter Waddington Shirley - Historian at Oxford University
- Rev. William Richardson Linton wrote a Flora of Derbyshire
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- The Shirley Village Archive
- Shirley Photographs and History
- Website for Shirley including aerial photos
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