Welcome to our NEW site
The Heritage Corner at the Heanor Antique Centre is open for visitors, another way
in which the Society ensures that our local history is not forgotten. The Heritage
Corner is open whenever the Antiques Centre is open (daily, 10.30am -
Our Publications Group is working on a number of different projects at present, with timescales which vary from a few months to several years. We know that not all of them will come to fruition, but we are equally willing to listen to anyone who has a project of their own and who is looking for someone to publish it. (As long as it is to do with the history of Heanor!!!!)
In the eleven years that this site has been on the world wide web, over 200,000 visits
have been made, with over half a million page-
A coal wharf on the Cromford Canal at Langley Mill, dealing with coal brought down for transportation from Eastwood and Brinsley. Beggarlee was in operation until after the end of the Second World War.
Coal and transport are two vital themes to the history of the area -
Lying at the extreme edge of the History Society’s area, between Codnor Castle and Ironville, the pond in Foxholes Plantation has a rather eerie feel about it, even in the best of weather. A good walk in the summer though.
The History Society covers all the area around Heanor, including Smalley, Shipley, Langley Mill, Loscoe and Codnor.
A theme park at Shipley, built on the site of the former Woodside Colliery, ran from 1987 to 2007.
The American Adventure
Even really recent history plays a part in the activities of the Society -
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-
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.
In 2005 the British Library included this website in a national archive of "selected
key UK websites -
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.
© 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 -
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-
It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of our colleague, and former chairman, Trevor Elliott, on 10 December 2014, after a short illness.
Trevor was born in Heanor, and after leaving school was apprenticed as a joiner.
He worked his way up, via 15 years at Vic Hallam's, to become Managing Director of
Gee Walker Slater Ltd of Derby. He also spent some time as a part-
Trevor had a keen interest in our local history, and, as well as being chairman of the society from 2009 to 2012, he was an active member of our publications’ team. He will be deeply missed, and we send our condolences to his widow and family.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 13 January. We meet at the Wilmot Street Centre, Heanor,
at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May (if you don’t
know where this is, there is a map on the Contact page). The January meeting sees
our treasurer, Robert Mee, giving us a tour around Derbyshire’s Castles. As with
all our meetings, entry is free -
The 2015 Calendar is still available -
New book now published -
On the slideshow below, you can click on any of the photographs for a larger image.
Additional “new” pages -