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Shirland, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Shirland, a village, a township, and a parish in Derbyshire. The village stands 2 miles SSE of Stretton railway station, and 2 N by W of Alfreton. It has a post and money order office under Alfreton; telegraph office, Higham. The township contains also Hallfield Gate, Stonebroom, and Higham. Acreage, 2956; population, 3694. The parish includes also Higham township. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £196 with residence. Patron, Lord Hothfield. The church was restored in 1848, and a new organ was erected in 1885. It is a building in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a fine embattled western tower, and contains some ancient monuments. There are Free and Primitive Methodist chapels and an endowed school with £25 a year.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Ecclesiastical parishShirland St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionChesterfield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Shirland 1695-1837, Derbyshire, is available to browse online., in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shirland from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Online maps of Shirland are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online:

DistrictNorth East Derbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE55
Post TownAlfreton