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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

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Smisby area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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

You can see pictures of Smisby which are provided by:
"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.



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