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The area covered by the Heanor and District Local History Society is wide and varied. As well as Heanor itself, an old hill top market town, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, there are many surrounding villages which are of equal interest.

We cannot cover all of the local history of our area on these few web pages, so we intend to just give a snippet of information on each of the communities which go to make up the area. As the web site develops, we will change and add to the content of the pages, so please keep coming back for more!

The two Heanor pages currently cover the old public houses of the town (and the more immediate surrounding villages), as seen in an advertisement of 1888, and the history of the Market Place. There are a few old photographs, which we intend will be supplemented by a full set eventually.

A 1952 postcard showing Red Lion Square and the Empire Cinema.

Langley Mill was the major industrial centre of the area, though before the Industrial Revolution it was just a quiet rural river-valley. The Langley Mill page covers the rise (and fall) of the industries of the village, while Aldercar has a lot of detail of the now disappeared Aldercar Hall, dating from the 17th century. We have also added a photo gallery of Langley Mill in flood - a frequent occurrence in the past.

Heanor in 1887 - Map courtesy of www.old-maps.co.uk

A history of Codnor Castle can be found on the Codnor page, while the Loscoe page gives a general overview of the village’s long history.

The Marlpool and Langley page has information about the Marlpool United Reformed Church, the old Langley Swimming Baths, and "Langley Castle," which was not what it sounds! Moving further afield, Shipley has details of the home of the Miller Mundy family, and their mining wealth, along with a page of more recent history, the ill-fated attempt to launch the Britannia Park in 1985, and a collection of old postcards. Smalley’s connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie is explained in more detail on the village’s page.

Smalley Lodge on Bell Lane

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 is also a separate page on mine accidents. Local personalities is another theme, and this section also has a topic on Henry Garnett, of Gunpowder Plot fame. 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 roads/public transport. A full list of local churches and chapels is included, and there are pages on the vicars of Heanor, and the Langley Mill Baptist Church. November 2004 saw the addition of a page devoted to the various war-memorials in the area, while a little more unusual is the page on local ghost stories - more are welcome!

Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like to see on our site - or better still, write an article and send it to us. See the Contact Us page for different ways of getting in touch


Last modified on 29 September 2013 12:49