SMISBY, (or Smithesby) a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 2 miles N.W. of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, its post town, and 9 S.W. of Burton railway station. The village is situated on the S.E. border of the county. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The parish includes the extra parochial place of Bondang, or Burton-road.

The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £58. The church, dedicated to St. James, is of great antiquity. The parochial charities produce about £41, arising from Church estate. There is a National school. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. Sir John Harper Crewe, Bart., is lord of the manor."

"BOUNDARY, an extra-parochial place in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, in the county of Derby, 2 miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch." [Recorded as BONDARY ROAD, or BARTON ROAD in Gazetteer -RL 2003]”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



Philip JEFFREY has a photograph of St. James churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015.



  • 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.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3245
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509

Brett Payne has the 1662 Hearth Tax Assessments on his website.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The church was built in the 14th century.
  • The church seats 160.
  • In January, 1967, the church was listed Grade I by English Heritage.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.
  • In 2015, thieves stole some of the lead roofing off of the church.

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.
  • Micheal SPENCER has created a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window 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.

Correctional Institutions

Oliver TOMLINSON has a photograph of the Smisby Lock-up on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Aileen DURN contributes this notice from the Derby Mercury edition of 5 Feb. 1845: "Committed to Derby County Gaol: Joseph VERNON, of Smisby, committed to hard labour for two months, or pay 3l2s 6d for poaching.


Description & 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, just west of the B5006, has its own Village Website. If you click on the Parish Council link you can find recent Portable Document File newsletters about the village.

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of Main Street in Smisby on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.

Boundary is a hamlet on the border with Leicestershire. It has since become its own Civil Parish. The Forties is a hamlet due north of Smisby.

Ian S. has a photograph of the Boundary Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.

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.



Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Smisby Arms P. H. on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.



Smisby Manor, a 16th Century structure, is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage. It was formerly listed as Manor Farmhouse, and previously listed as the "Old Manor House."



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK348191 (Lat/Lon: 52.768381, -1.48566), Smisby which are provided by:


Military History

  • Inside the church is a elaborately carved oaken board bearing WW1 names and plaques with WW2 names.
  • Just outside the church is a War Memorial cross consisting of a concrete base and foundation, with a white marble cross, pedestal and plinth standing atop. It is surrounded by a wrought iron railing and and a gate.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial just in front of the church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Military Records

These are the men commemorated on the church World War I Memorial tablet:

  1. Lcp. Ernest ARCHER
  2. Cpl. Thomas INSLEY
  3. Pte. James SMART
  4. Pte. Henry WALKER

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. James SMART, private, North Sts. Regt., age 21, died 3 Aug. 1916.

From World War II on the church tablet:

  1. George William BAILEY
  2. George Thomas BRITON
  3. Percy Wilfred BURROWS

Politics & 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

  • 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