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Coordinates: 52°46′N 1°29′W / 52.77°N 1.49°W / 52.77; -1.49

OS grid reference SK3419
District South Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashby de la Zouche
Postcode district LE65
Dialling code 01530
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Derbyshire
List of places

Smisby is an ancient manor, a civil parish and small village in South Derbyshire, England. It is four miles (6 km) from Melbourne and near the Leicestershire border[2] and the town of Ashby de la Zouch. The village including the outlying farms and houses has a population just over 200 that occupies some 110 properties.

Early history

Smisby (Old Norse Smith's farm or settlement[3]) is mentioned as Smidesbi in 1086 in the Domesday Book,[4] which states[5] under the title of "The lands of Nigel of Stafford":[6]

In Smisby, Edwin had two carucates of land to the geld. There is land for 2 ploughs. There is now one plough in demesne and three villans have one plough. There is woodland pasture half a league long and six leagues broad. TRE[7] worth 40 shillings now twenty shillings.

Notable residents

  • Hannah Bailey, an early emigrant to New Zealand, was born here on 2 Feb 1802. She married Charles Baker [later Rev.] of Packington on 11 May 1827 at St Mary's Church Islington, London, before leaving for the Mission fields in Bay of Islands, New Zealand, where they served as Missionaries to the Māori from 1828 until their deaths in 1875.
  • Reuben Bosworth the clockmaker was born here around 1797.


Within 200 metres of the village is a spot where a tournament was held that was described by Sir Walter Scott in his novel Ivanhoe. In chapter seven the text reads

The scene was singularly romantic. On the verge of a wood, which approached to within a mile of the town of Ashby, was an extensive meadow, of the finest and most beautiful green turf, surrounded on one side by the forest, and fringed on the other by straggling oak-trees, some of which had grown to an immense size.


This quotation is attributed to a visit Scott made to Coleorton Hall to visit Sir George Beaumont. They visited Smisby and climbed a now-demolished watchtower. Scott noted that a flat area towards Ashby Castle, but within Derbyshire, was reputed to be the place where ancient jousting tournaments had taken place.[1][9]


External links

  • Smisby local site
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