The village was used as a grange for the monks of Garendon Abbey.
St. Annes Church is now in ruins, and hidden away amongst trees, although close to the main road. It dates back to about 1200.
It was replaced in 1845 by All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre.
St. Annes was the burial place of Robert Bakewell, the agricultural pioneer, who was born at Dishley.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Dishley for groups.