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Heanor & District Local History Society



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(Last updated on 4 August 2023)

News (for general introduction, see below)

Our 2024 Calendar is virtually sold out - we have about 10 left, so it is still not too late to grab one, though you will only now be able to get it from the Society itself.

We only have three more meetings in the current season - click on the Programme link to see a full list of what is coming up. We hope you will agree that there is a good mix of topics planned, and we are already working on plans for 2024/5.

Our monthly newsletters have changed a lot over the years. If you haven’t yet seen them the Newsletters 50th page, we have added downloadable copies of our first newsletter, in January 1970, and our 410th newsletter, from January 2020. Have a look at see what you think.


Email newsletters: If you enjoy these digital newsletters, why not subscribe to future editions? The cost is only £5.00 a year, which means that you get nine editions, monthly from September to May - you can do this easily by going to the Membership page. (You can, in fact, buy all 50+ years’ worth of newsletters, but this has to be done by a digital download - contact us for more information, or see the Newsletters 50th page for an order form).

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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.

Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover on the website - better still, send us an article, or just a few brief notes, and we will see whether we can turn this into a new article. Scanned photos of anything in the Heanor area are always of interest, but please try to obtain a high-resolution scan where possible.



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.

© OpenStreetMap contributors


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