The manor of Shirley passed to Nicholas of Shirley in 1228. In that year he settled a dispute over grazing rights on the Common by coming to an agreement with the burgesses of Southampton whereby he gave up his claim to ownership of the Common in return for a cash payment. In 1233 he gave a gift of timber for the construction of the Franciscan Friary in the lower High Street and in 1240 he granted revenues from Shirley Church to St Denys Priory.
Shirley From Domesday to D-Day, by John Guilmant and Hilary Kavanagh, p2, 19. (HS/h.SHI)
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