Heanor & District Local History



What's New

Future Plans


Local History Topics

... by location

Heanor Pubs

  The Market Place

  Memorial Park

Langley Mill

Langley Mill Floods




Marlpool & Langley


Shipley Postcards

Alfred Seaman Photos

Britannia Park

Britannia Craftsmen


   Stainsby House

Forgotten Place Names

... by subject

Churches & Chapels

  Heanor Baptist

  Jehovah's Witnesses

  Langley Mill Baptist

  Vicars of Heanor

War Memorials

  Grammar School

Ghost Stories

Local Industries


  Vic Hallam Ltd


  Ormonde Colliery

  Mine Accidents

Noted People

Henry Garnett




Eastwood Station

Road Transport

MGO Bus Routes


Society News

Committee Members

Programme 2013/14

Programme 2012/13

Programme 2011/12

Programme 2010/11

Programme 2009/10

Programme 2008/9

Programme 2007/8

Programme 2006/7

Programme 2005/6

Programme 2004/5

Programme 2003/4

Heritage Corner

   Heritage Centre

Other Displays


Street Names

Follow the Master

Portrait of Heanor

Heanor Omnibus Co



   Newsletter Index


Useful Links

Summer 2014
(Move to the next section for a general introduction to the site.)

IMPORTANT NEWS: Our website Contact Us page is not working at present - you can contact the Society by emailing mail@heanorhistory.org.uk

Our final indoor meeting of the season is on 13 May when Bob Massey will present film clips and stories with a singular theme - The Music Hall on Film. Everyone is welcome to any of our meetings - you don't need to be a member to attend. Just come along to the Wilmot Street Community Centre ready for a 7.30pm start (so get there around 7.15pm). In June and July we have two very varied trips planned - on 7 June, there is a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire: a coach has been booked with local pick-up points, so if you are interested, please Contact Us. And on 8 July, somewhat closer to home, we are having a tour around two Langley Mill churches.

Next year's programme will be published in the next few weeks.

In December, we started a new project, whereby every two months we circulate a questionnaire at the meeting, asking for people's memories on specific subjects. Though it's early days, we have had some quite interesting responses so far.

But we don't want to restrict this just to members. If you have memories of the Heanor area, whether from 70 years ago or 5 years ago, then it would be great if you could take part too, Just follow the link to the questionnaire, and email it back to us.

The three topics so far covered are:


Your first job

NEW School memories

We are still working on creating a "new improved" website. The existing site will continue to be updated until the new one is ready, but there are unlikely to be any major new pages until the refurbished site comes along. In the meantime though, we also hope to keep adding bits and pieces to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HeanorLocalHistory), so please visit us and  like us!

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 - 4.30pm). We are grateful to Jane Richards for allowing us this display. For more information about the Heritage Corner, follow the link. And for details of the Heanor Antiques Centre, go to their website.

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 nine years that this site has been on the world wide web, over 200,000 visits have been made, with over half a million page-views. Not bad for a site covering a small market town in Derbyshire! A  number of emails are received each month - some are dealt with very quickly, others need a bit of time to think about! But please get in touch if there is anything that you feel you can add.


... to the pages of the
Heanor and District Local History 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!

We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. This site is under constant change - most pages stay the same, but almost every month there are new additions, and eventually some items will also disappear.

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 British Library included this website in a national archive of "selected key UK websites - ensuring that invaluable scholarly, cultural and scientific resources remain available for future generations." Out of the hundreds of thousands of UK websites out there, only a tiny proportion are concerned with local history - so we are rather honoured at being asked!

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!

This website has four main areas, and now has over 60 pages.

The Local History Topics section includes pages on many of the communities which surround the town of Heanor. There are also pages on specific local subjects, such as coal mining and other local industries, transport in the area, and local personalities. All of our pages include historic photographs of the area, many taken from the Society's own publications.

Modern day map showing Heanor, Langley Mill, Loscoe and Shipley. The Society's interests extend well beyond this immediate area, and covers all the old Heanor Urban District Council area, plus a bit more!

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Society News includes details of our programme of meetings, the Heanor Heritage Centre, and our publications and newsletters. The Society has been around for 40 years, so we have quite a bit of history of our own! See the Newsletters page to see what we've been doing lately!

The editor of the site would be extremely interested to receive your comments. We are especially interested if you have any items relating to the history of the area. Any articles or information submitted will be considered for publication in the Society's newsletter as well as for the website; items published in the newsletter will, of course, be fully acknowledged. It is our intention that this website will keep changing and growing - what you see today is just the start - please put the site in your favourites, and keep visiting us.  Please use the Contact Us page to get in touch with the Society.

We also have a page setting out what the future development of the site is likely to include - after visiting it, let us know if there is anything else you would like to see included.

Finally, the Useful Links page is just that - the links listed include not only links to local web sites, but anything which may be of interest to readers of this site.

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.

Website Statistics
Visits to the site          
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Total visits to site since launch in March 2004


Total page views since launch


Except where otherwise stated, the contents of this website are copyright of the Heanor and District Local History. 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. If you want to use anything you find here, please ask - the chances are we won't mind


Last modified on 29 April 2014 17:58