The Original Anglian Name for Shelley was 'Scylf'.
Later in the Doomsday Book of 1086 it was 'Scheulay', but I like the joining of the 'Scylf' with 'Leah' ( an Anglian word for clearing) to give the meaning of Shelley as
being - "The clearing on the terrace". A clearing because the surrounding area would be forest. As the centuries passed the forests became smaller as the land was used to provide man with his living and his food. A hundred years ago Shelley was just a compact little village on a shelf of land with small hamlets to the East, West, North and South of the village.
Written by NANCY RYDEN
Map of Shelley produced at the time of the Shelley Enclosure 1807