In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shirley like this:
SHIRLEY, a chapelry, with a village, in Croydon parish, Surrey; 1¾ mile E of Croydon r. station. It has a post-office under Croydon. Pop., 642. Houses, 120. S. House is the seat of the Earl of Eldon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £300.* Patron, the Archbishop ofThe church is modern.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shirley, in Croydon and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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