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Heanor & District Local History Society

Welcome to our site - October 2015

(Last updated on 16 October  2015)

News (for general introduction, see below)

It’s Calendar time again! And we have still managed to keep the cost down to £3.00 (plus postage). See here for more details.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10 November, when Robert Mee will tell us the history of Bradshaw’s Guide, and take us on an early railway mystery tour! We meet at 7.30pm at the Wilmot Street Centre - everybody is welcome. For details of our full 2015/16 season, go to the Programme page. As always, we have a good mixture of events, from the serious to the light, from very local to not-so-local. And a couple of “surprising” talks are coming in the new season.

Please don’t forget our Questionnaires which can be downloaded from our “We want your memories” feature. We added a new one in September, asking you tell us about “Church or Chapel”. To date, we have compiled two large supplements from these questionnaires, and more are planned. Thanks to all those who have helped so far.

The Britain from Above website contains a huge number of aerial photographs from the 1920s and 30s - this is just one taken in the Heanor area.

Using photos from that website, we have now created a Heanor from Above page.

Heanor Market Place, 1928


Heanor (in case you are just browsing and don't actually know) is a market town in Derbyshire, England, very close to the border with Nottinghamshire.  Not a major tourist area, but we are here to celebrate our history and heritage, which is as strong as anyone's!

In September 2006, research was published into the "most English" places in the country, based primarily on the analysis of names in the most recent census, which split the country's population into 200 ethnic groups. Heanor was declared the second-most English town in the country, after nearby Ripley, with almost 90% of the population being English in origin. Third came Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and Boston in Lincolnshire came fourth. Whatever your views on what this means, at least it got the town's name mentioned!

We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. We aim for the site to undergo regular changes - most pages stay the same, but new additions come along (we hope) quite often, and eventually some items will also disappear. So please keep coming back to see what changes we have made. If you've not visited for a while, have a look at the What's New page, where we keep a running log of changes made to the site.

The Society's interests extend well beyond this immediate area, and covers all the old Heanor Urban District Council area (including Langley Mill, Loscoe and Codnor), along with Shipley and Smalley.

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© Except where otherwise stated, the contents of this website are copyright of the Heanor and District Local History Society. If you want to use anything you find here, please ask - the chances are we won't mind.

Where items have not been prepared by the Society itself, we would like to thank the owners of copyright of the images and items used on this site for granting us the necessary permissions for their use. In some cases, despite our best efforts we have not always been able to locate the copyright holders. If you believe that any rights that are yours have inadvertently been infringed, we would ask you to contact us and to accept our apologies.

The Society is a registered charity. We are non-profit making, and all money we receive is ploughed back into preserving and promoting the past of the Heanor area -  this website, our Heritage Centre, our publications, talks and displays, are all examples of our work. If you would like to assist us, please leave us a donation, large or small, by clicking on the button above - all transactions are administered safely and securely by PayPal.

In the eleven years that this site has been on the world wide web, over 370,000 visits have been made, with over 800,000 page-views. Not bad for a site covering a small market town in Derbyshire! A number of emails are received each month - some are dealt with very quickly, others need a bit of time to think about!

But please get in touch if there is anything that you feel you can add.

We are always keen to hear people’s memories of Heanor - just send us a few notes and who knows, it could develop into a whole new page on the website, or an article in one of our newsletters.

Then and Now (Part One) - The Changing Face of Heanor Town Centre  is available from the Society and from a number of local stockists. We have started working on Part Two!

In case you missed it, there was a short article broadcast on BBC Radio Derby in November about the renaming of the King of Prussia pub - you can listen to it by following the link.

On the slideshow below, you can click on any of the photographs for a larger image.

The Society also has a page on Facebook. As well as being a different method of promoting our work, it is also a place to post photos and articles which wouldn’t easily fit into the main website.

Below is a feed from our Facebook site, for those of you who don’t already use it. Please visit our page and “like” us!

Entrance to all all our meetings is free - we will, of course, try to persuade to to become a member, or to buy a raffle ticket, but there is no commitment - everybody is welcome!

If you haven’t yet seen them, there have been a number of new pages in the last year - Heanor from Above, Marlpool Cemetery, the Suffragette movement, Mapperley village, and also several questionnaires asking for your own memories of the area.

Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover - better still, send us an article, or just a few brief notes, and we will see whether we can turn this into an item for the website.