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Heanor's Pubs 1888



The other day, a few of us being out for a stroll, a many strange things occurred, of which I will try briefly to relate. All seemed quiet on our way to Heanor until we reached the model teetotal village called Loscoe, when we hired the ‘Coach and Horses,’ and drove through the ‘Gate,’ when all of a sudden we discovered an ‘Eclipse,’ for which we were each presented with a ‘Golden Ball,’ and afterwards invited to take a social glass with the amiable ‘Sir John Warren.’ After our regalement we proceeded to walk through Heanor, visiting the ‘Ray’s Arms,’ and ‘New Inn,’ when our attention was drawn to the shouting of some ‘Jolly Colliers,’ which caused us to look out. We then saw the ‘Red Lion’ make a desperate attack upon the ‘King of Prussia,’ who was on horseback, and, but for the ‘Crown’ would have been smashed to pieces. We had not travelled far before we saw a ‘White Lion’ chasing an ‘Arab’ all around Langley, upsetting the ‘Colliers’ Rest,’ causing intense commotion, and was with difficulty subdued by the crushing strength of the ‘Butchers’ Arms.’ ‘Sir Charles Napier’ now attempted to slay the ‘Durham Ox,’ but was fortunately arrested and put under lock and a pair of ‘Cross Keys.’ ‘Mundy’ and the ‘Queen’ next perambulated the parish in a miniature carriage, drawn by a ‘White Hart,’ followed by the ‘Horse and Jockey,’ and visited the ‘Midland,’ and the ‘Railway.’ This so excited ‘Lord Derby’ that he let go the ‘Nag’s Head,’ and fell headlong into the ‘Erewash.’ We were next invited to a grand banquet, given by the brave and gallant Admiral ‘Lord Nelson,’ who furnished us with an unlimited supply of sparkling bitter beer, brewed especially for the ‘Prince of Wales.’ We were now quite a jolly party, and joined ‘Hands and Hearts’ in many a flowing bumper from ‘Nottingham House,’ and pledged ourselves that our next stroll shall be to the



FLOWERS, FERNS, GRASS, and MOSSES of all descriptions;


Sparkling ALES of the Wardwick Brewery Company.

December 1888

W.Townsend, Printer &c, Eastwood and Heanor

Three of the pubs mentioned above which are no longer standing:
(Top left) - Golden Ball, Loscoe, which stood near the top of Furnace Lane.
(Bottom left) - Crown Inn (the original one!), on Church Street, Heanor - demolished in 1912 for the tramway.
(Below) - the original Sir John Warren at Loscoe, demolished in the 1970's.

A future update to the website will hopefully contain a set of "then and now" photographs of all the public houses in the Heanor area.

Pubs are about having a drink and a good time. Below is a different style of celebration, a street party at the end of the Second World War. This is a photograph of just one of the many local street parties at that time, in Nelson Street, Heanor. If anyone can supply any information about the event, or the people pictured in the photo, we would be delighted to hear from you.

And after a good night out, whether at the pub or the cinema or a dance, where would be the obvious place to finish up? The chip shop of course! Heanor and District had a number of chippies, most of which have left no pictures to remind us. However, one of the most popular was undoubtedly Elliott's, of Ray Street. Contributors to the Heanor District Local History Discussion Forum describes the chip shop in the late 1950's - early 1960's:

"As teenagers we used to spend whole evenings in Elliot's back room - five or six round a table with only the money for one plate of chips or a coffee! Friends used to come in with messages from girls waiting outside, which, if you were lucky could lead to a trip to the Empire or the Cosy on Saturday night! Mr Elliot, as I remember, was small, balding man who looked upon us teenagers quite kindly. When I began working in the town after leaving school, I sometimes took my lunch in there, mainly to meet the girls from Morleys!"

"In the early 60's, in the evenings, the back room was more of a coffee bar - full of teenagers. We used to spend evenings parading from Elliot's to the coffee bar down past the Empire cinema (we called this the 'monkey run'!), stopping in shopdoorways now and again for a snog with some spotty lad, who with a bit of luck may take you to a town hall dance, which were held on occasional Saturday nights."

The photograph below is from the 1950's.

Last modified on 29 September 2013 12:49