Shirley, Derbyshire

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The Saracen's Head, Shirley.
Shirley is located in Derbyshire
Shirley shown within Derbyshire
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Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DE6
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DerbyshireCoordinates: 52°58′16″N 1°40′34″W / 52.971°N 1.676°W / 52.971; -1.676

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.[1] It is situated in the countryside on top of a small hill.


Shirley was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de Ferrers[n 1] and being worth forty shillings.[2]

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.[3]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Henry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including Doveridge, Linton, Brailsford and Cowley.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.746–7
  3. ^ a b c d e PeakDistrictOnline accessed 4 December 2007

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