… to Atcherley.org.uk, the Atcherley family history site.

The surname Atcherley (sometimes written as Atcherly and in the past also as Acherley) appears to have originated in Shropshire and has an ancient pedigree. One of the oldest documents featuring the name dates back to the early 1400s and can be found in the Shropshire Archives. Among two dozen of the residents of ‘Basschurche’ listed therein is Hugh de Acherley.

Another early Atcherley was mentioned in Sir Bernard Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. Sir Roger Atcherley (or Achelley), also from the Shropshire parish of Baschurch, was elected sheriff of Middlesex and London in 1504 and chosen to be Lord Mayor of London in 1511, during the reign of Henry VIII. He “filled several civic offices of high trust with distinction” before his death in 1521.

No wonder then that the Rev. James Atcherley (head master of Shrewsbury School) was said by one author to be “of a good old Shropshire name.”

The Atcherley name has survived through the centuries, borne by farmers and farm labourers, doctors and vets, merchants and drapers, engineers and chemists, artists and musicians, soldiers, sailors, Royal Marines and RAF pilots, Knights of the realm and domestic servants.

Whether their lives were ordinary or extraordinary, all the Atcherleys have stories to tell. With the help of various public records, books, wills, other historical documents and the recollections of their living descendants, the stories of the Atcherleys can be told and their family trees can be traced. The aim of this website is to make those stories and family trees, the Atcherley family history, accessible to everyone with an interest in this fascinating family.

About this website


I started researching the Atcherleys in the Autumn of 2007 and since then I have accumulated lots of information about the people within the Atcherley family and how they are related to each other. I created Atcherley.org.uk in January 2011 in order to share some of that information, and to encourage others to join in so that we can find out even more. The site is therefore in its infancy and I am still experimenting with it!


This site is based on WordPress, which is designed for blogging and so not ideal for building a typical genealogical website. But a typical genealogical website is not what I’m creating, and my decision to use WordPress seems to be working! Look out for family trees which show my current thinking regarding the various branches of the Atcherley family. Check out resources such as transcripts of historical records and other sources which provide the basis for the family trees. View the photos of Atcherley family members from the recent and not so recent past. And for your reading pleasure (I hope!) there is a series of articles (nearly a hundred now) in which I tell the stories of the Atcherley family – and how some of those stories were pieced together. Just about everything that appears within this site is subject to modification as new information comes to light, so don’t take anything you see here as the last word on the subject!


Nowadays many people are rightly concerned about privacy and the security of personal data. Although my research includes living members of the Atcherley family and their relatives, it is not my intention to include information about living people within this site. Exceptions to that rule may arise, for example articles about ‘public figures’ such as Sir Harold Atcherley, or where I need to credit someone by name as the contributor of a photo or of information used on the site, or if someone requests and/or gives permission for information relating to them to appear here.


If there is one person who most definitely deserves to be named as a contributor of information it is Barbara Lang, who has been researching the Atcherley family for nearly 30 years now and with whom I have been collaborating since the early days of my own studies. Thank you too to Malcolm White for permission to use a photo in which three members of the Atcherley family appear, one of whom – Ada Mabel Shakeshaft (nee Atcherley) – features in the ‘masthead’ which appears at the top of each page of this site.


In putting this site online I have been and will continue to be aware of copyright laws and hope that I haven’t (and won’t) infringe any. Sources and copyright owners of any information or images used on this site besides my own work will be identified wherever possible. Let me know if you spot any transgressions. As for my own photos and articles, I retain the copyright but I permit personal and educational, non-commercial use of them provided that an acknowledgement of the source is made and a link to this site given where they are used.


Finally, I can’t imagine how a website about family history could cause anyone to suffer any loss, damage or injury but in these litigious times I have to disclaim any responsibility for such events arising from anyone’s use of this website. The content of this site is provided in good faith and all efforts have been made to avoid the publication of inaccurate or misleading information, but I cannot guarantee that the material presented here is error-free. Your use of this website and its content is conditional on your acceptance of these disclaimers.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the site!