The "Boundary" sign
|Boundary shown within Derbyshire|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Ashby de la Zouche|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Boundary is a large hamlet in South Derbyshire situated between the towns of Swadlincote and Ashby de la Zouch on the A511 route. It is west of the village of Smisby and forms part of the county border with Leicestershire, hence its name. Residences on the north side of the A511 lie in Derbyshire and those on the south side lie within Leicestershire. The hamlet falls within the civil parish of Smisby.
Formerly extra-parochial, it became a parish, The inhabitants attend the churches at Blackfordby, Leicestershire, and Smisby. The population in 1881 was 102, principally labourers and their families.
Boundary is a long extended village, with a Public House at each end. The earliest reference to the Greyhound Inn was in the 1857 trade directory when the landlady was Elizabeth Cooper. At the other end of the village towards Ashby was the Red Lion. It got its licence in 1870 and in September 1871 was bought by Brunt & Bucknall of Woodville, together with the 4 cottages adjoining, from Edward and Hannah Moore. The first landlord was John Thornley and he was still there in 1899. The Red Lion was finally demolished in the early 1960s by Frank Jones of Woodville, The Greyhound was also bought by Brunt & Bucknall, but the date of acquisition is not known. This establishment is still serving all though it has recently been refurbished.
- Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland Archived March 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. London (May, 1891) - p.53
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