Welcome to our NEW site
(Last updated on 24 January 2015)
News (for general introduction, see below)
After several months of work, our conversion of the website is now complete -
We have added a couple of new pages during the process, on the Suffragette movement, and on our requests for your memories of the area; we have also added a search facility on the site. Most of the remaining pages retain the original text and photos, but there have been some new photos added. We have totally revamped the Useful links page, and would be grateful for further suggestions.
New Year -
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-
We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. We aim for the site
to undergo regular changes -
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-
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-
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 -
The 2015 Calendar is still available, but there are not many left -
Then and Now (Part One) -
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 -
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!
New Page added on 12 January -
Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover -
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10 February. 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 February meeting
is entitled The Story of Boots, and Chris Weir will look at the national, but nevertheless
local, company’s history. As with all our meetings, entry is free -