Smisby is a small historic farming village located just 1 mile North of Ashby. It's name is founded from the Old Norse of ‘Smidesbie’ with the meaning of ‘Smiths Farm’. The Parish includes the hamlets of Boundary and Annswell. St James’ church was built within the 13 th Century, The Old Manor was built in the 16 th Century and the village lock up was built in the early 18 th Century. The village shop is now formed as a dwelling and the former school is now used as a day nursery named ‘Smisby Day Nursery’.
Smisby has a village hall which is available for the use of educational and recreational purposes and two public houses; The Smisby Arms and The Tap House which is situated in Annswell.
Smisby has excellent transport networks with links the A42 dual carriageway to the M1 motorway corridor and East Midlands conurbations beyond. Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are all within commuting distance together with Nottingham East Midlands airport and Birmingham International airport adjacent to the NEC arena. Main line rail links to London are well catered for at both Tamworth and Nottingham and East Midlands parkway allowing the commuter to reach the city centre within 70 minutes.
Smisby comes under the catchment area for Ashby De La Zouch Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and High Schools and boasts a highly regarded private day care nursery.