1 March 2021

All About Shirley

About Shirley

The former village of Shirley sits on the western side of Southampton. It is the ideal place to live if you want the best mix of house styles, prices and locations. There are affordable homes for first-time buyers and a blend of mid-priced and high-end houses to suit every bank balance.

Shirley is primarily a retail and suburban location, with great road and bus links to the city of Southampton. It has schools, libraries and many other facilities that you could possibly want when settling into a new area.

If you want all the convenience of big city life without the downsides, try settling in Shirley. You get a little bit more for your money but retain all the road and transport links associated with a significant hub like Southampton.

History of Shirley

Shirley is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Scir Leah, which means bright clearing in the woods. It was listed as a manor with a mill and three mill ponds. The ponds were situated just north of the Winchester Road, and one still remains today at the Lordswood Greenway. 

Shirley’s industry consisted of an ironworks, a brewery, and a Royal Mail laundry to service the mail ships visiting Southampton. 

Today, Shirley is largely a residential area with dense housing stock and a large council estate built in the 1960s to replace rows of older terraced houses.

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“If you want all the convenience of the city without the downsides, try settling in Shirley. You get a little bit more for your money but retain all the road and transport links associated with a significant city like Southampton.”

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