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This ap­pears to be a vari­ant of Dears­ley, from an ear­lier for­ma­tion, Alan de Deresle, found in Cam­bridgeshire in 1279 and clearly re­lat­ing to a place. Its dis­tri­bu­tion in the 19th Cen­tury was very much in East Anglia.

A cou­ple of Thomas Church­yard’s won­der­ful paint­ings - Gun­hill, South­wold, and The Jolly Sailor, Or­ford, pho­tographed with auc­tion­eer James Fletcher when they came up for sale in 2005.

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