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Heanor & District Local History Society

As well as the location pages, you will also find pages according to theme.

The  industry section will hopefully later include separate pages on the main companies in the area - so far there are pages on Aristoc and Vic Hallam's. Mining was a major employer in the area, and there are separate pages on Ormonde Colliery and  on mine accidents.

Local personalities is another theme, and this section also has a topic on Henry Garnett, of Gunpowder Plot fame. A little more recently, a page tells the story of the suffragette movement in the area.

In view of the popularity of the theme of transport, this section is split further into pages on the local canals, railways (including a separate photo gallery on the now disappeared Eastwood and Langley Mill Station), and public transport (which has a separate page on the route numbers used by the MGO over the years).

A full list of local churches and chapels is included, and there are pages on the vicars of Heanor, the Langley Mill Baptist Church, the Heanor Baptist Church, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall at Langley Mill. There is a page on the area’s war memorials, along with a specific page on the memorials of Heanor Grammar School.

We have a page on that rapidly-disappearing establishment - the public house. And a little more unusual is the page on local ghost stories - more tales are welcome!

Tom France, of Shipley Coppice Pit, with his award-winning pony Jerry at the Royal Windsor Show, 1937.

We thank Jeff France for the photo of his father and the pit pony.