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Smisby or Smithsby, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Smisby or Smithsby, a parish, with a village, in Derbyshire, 2 miles N by W of Ashby-de-la-Zouch railway station. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acreage, 1271; population, 306. There is a parish council consisting of five members and a chairman. The manor belongs to Lord Donington. The scene of the toumament described in Sir Walter Scott's " Ivanhoe" is within 200 yards of the village, and the idea of that work occurred to Sir Walter on the tower of Smisby church. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £50. The church is ancient, and consists of chancel, nave, aisle, and an embattled western tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
HundredRepton and Gresley 
Poor Law unionAshby-de-la-Zouch 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Smisby 1720-1812, Derbyshire, is available to browse online., in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Smisby or Smithsby from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Online maps of Smisby or Smithsby are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: