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  • St James, Annwell Lane, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3245
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509


  • St James, Annwell Lane, Church of England

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.

  • The church was built in the 14th century.

  • The church seats 160.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1679.

  • Marriages at Smisby, 1720-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description and Travel

"SMISBY, a small parish bounded on the east by the county of Leicester, is four miles S.S.W. from Melbourn. The church is a small building: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Marquess of Hastings. Population of the parish 324."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Smisby has its own Village Website. If you click on the Parish Council link you can find recent Portable Document File newsletters about the village.

Boundary is a hamlet on the border with Leicestershire. It has since become its own Civil Parish.

You can see pictures of Smisby which are provided by:



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Smisby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK348191 (Lat/Lon: 52.768357, -1.485660), Smisby which are provided by:

Military History

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial just in front of the church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Military Records

Two men from Smisby are buried in St. James churchyard:

  1. Thomas INSLEY, corporal, 7th Btn., Lincs. Regt., age 39, died 30 Oct. 1918.
  2. J. SMART, private, North Sts. Regt., age 21, died 3 Aug. 1916.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the Smisby Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • We have a list of 1820 Paupers provided by Michael SPENCER.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


    Year  Inhabitants
1801 235
1841 293
1851 293
1871 320