(Last updated on 31 August 2017)
News (for general introduction, see below)
The programme for the 2017/18 season is now available -
Email newsletters: With the ever rising cost of postage, we now offer an email membership option. For just £4.00 a year, you will receive all our newsletters as they come out, delivered straight to your computer. Of course, the postal option remains for those who can’t access our newsletters like this. Go to the Membership page to join.
At our February meeting, on Tuesday the 13th, Danny Wells will tells us the history of a Derbyshire town steeped in history: Ashbourne: Gateway to Dovedale. As always, the meeting will be at the Wilmot Street Centre, starting at 7.30pm, and admission is free.
Please don’t forget our Questionnaires which can be downloaded from our “We want
your memories” feature. We now added the two most recent questionnaires, one asking
for your recollections of visiting the doctor in times gone past, and the other wanting
to know about local recreation grounds. To date, we have compiled two large supplements
from these questionnaires -
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 -
Vic Hallams was a timber construction company, founded at Marlpool at the end of the First World War, before moving to Langley Mill after the Second World War.
Vic Hallams Ltd
In an area such as ours, much of the emphasis is on the now lost industrial history of the 19th and 20th centuries.
One of the biggest employers in Heanor, Morley’s was originally established in Sneinton,
Nottingham around 1797 -
I & R Morley
We would like to hear from anyone who can tell us of their time working at Morley’s.
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 420,000 visits
have been made, with over 900,000 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 Society is continuing to work on several publications (it’s a long hard slog!)
But in the meantime, all of our available books can be found on this site (click on Publications above), and they can also be found at the usual local stockists.
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!
Entrance to all all our meetings is free -
We are still planning for new pages to be added to the site -
Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover -
Our 2018 Calendar -
And, since 2018 marks the centenary of William Gregg of Heanor becoming the first man to receive the three highest gallantry medals, we are proud that the cover of the calendar reflects this local hero.
Calendars can be purchased direct from us (follow this link).