History is an area which is developing fast on the internet. Below is a
list of links, in no particular order, which visitors to this site might
find of interest. We will try to keep the links as up to date as possible,
but if you know of a website which really should be linked to us, or if
you come across a broken link, please use the Contact Us form to let us
New address The
Preservation and Development Association's site contains lots of excellent
The website of St. Lawrence's Church, Heanor, was
launched in October 2007, and has recently had a revamp. As well as details of events at the church today, the
site has a large and excellent section on its history.
A website on the history of
Mapperley village, an immediate neighbour of ours, has recently been set up at
Another recent site
celebrates the American Adventure Theme Park
The Langley Mill Heritage
Group has now set up a website, with a collection of recollections and
photographs - visit them at
Codnor & District Local History and
Heritage Website is well worth a visit - the site continues to grow, and we
wish him every success.
Codnor Castle Preservation Society has
recently launched its own website, with plans for several major additions to the
If you're interested in the history of Langley Mill pottery, a visit to their
site is well worth it.
Just a few miles away from
us, and well within walking distance of our ancestors, is the village of
Chaddesden. The Chaddesden
Historical Group have recently set up a new website - have a look!
A little further away from
home, but only 10 miles or so, a website on the
history of Arnold, on the
outskirts of Nottingham, is well worth a visit.
New And in the opposite
direction, the South Wingfield Local History
Group's site has lots of interesting stuff.
Historical Directories lets
you search and view the old directories of businesses and notables, from 1750 to
1919 - lots of valuable things to be found.
A tribute site to the
Shipley Collieries Woodside and Coppice pits was set up in 2006. A DVD (now
sold out) was prepared in relation to the Woodside headstocks, and a further DVD
covering all the pits of the Shipley Collieries company is under preparation.
all proceeds from sales go to Cancer Research.
Ilkeston and District Local History
containins a wealth of information about our next neighbour along the Erewash
http://www.jacksdale.org.uk is the
site of Jacksdale's heritage site, some of which is related to our area (e.g.
the Codnor Park area) - some good pictures. And now there are details on
their site of the fallen of Langley Mill during the 1914-18 war - a really
interesting and informative addition - see
For the train enthusiasts amongst you, there is a site devoted to railway
photographs taken on the Erewash Valley line, very many of them in the Langley
Mill area. Well worth supporting! Visit
Photographs of Britannia
Park's and the American Adventure's
railway form the basis of a site by Colin Peake - well worth a visit.
The Society is a corporate member of the Friends of
Cromford Canal, and their site contains a
wealth of history and future plans. A history of the Nottingham Canal is to be found in the
Lenton Times. And, a
little further afield, the site of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society includes an excellent page on the history
of the Derby Canal, which linked into the Erewash.
Derbyshire Archaeological Society
was founded in 1878, and continues to thrive. Visit their site to view the work
of their various sections.
The Aldercar & Langley Mill Parish Council hold regular walks along the
footpaths within the parish.
website contains details of all these paths, and is a useful reference.
A "one-place study" of
Smalley has been set up - full of information (historical and genealogical)
about this village.
The Philip Healey -
Ilkeston Mines Rescue site has a wealth of information and links to anything
connected with the history of mining..
Ripley Rattlers gives a view
of the route taken by trams and trolley-buses from Ripley to Nottingham, and
will bring back many memories.
A local professional photographer, Stuart Anthony, has set up a website to show
his work - prints are available direct from him. See them at
Belper Research Website is a mine
of information about this market town, just a few miles from Heanor.
The story of the
Midland General Omnibus Company is of great local interest.
Derbyshire Family History Society, formed
in 1976, has over 2500 members worldwide - if you are interested in the local
family history, this is a fine starting point.
For wider genealogical work, using discussion group techniques,
Ancestry.co.uk allows you to post messages relating to the surnames
which interest you.
An excellent Ilkeston-based
site, which does stray into our area fairly regularly, is
Ilkcam.com - highly recommended. In
particular, see the pages on the Miller Mundys of Shipley Hall.
The site of
Local History Magazine, as well as
giving details of their publications, also has an excellent links page.
Taghill.co.uk is a
long-established Heanor-based site, with some pages of interest for historical
work, including some church-record transcripts.
Visit the Pentrich
Historical Society's site for much interesting local material.
The Chinemarelian (Kimberley) Historical Society has posted all its previous
newsletters onto the web, and is well worth a visit.
Local on-line newspapers can be found on the following sites:
The Ripley & Heanor News,
The Derby Evening Telegraph,
and The Nottingham Evening Post.
Heage Windmill is less then 10
miles from Heanor, and this site gives a full
history of this historic mill, now restored to full working order. The Society
visited the windmill in June 2005.
Ripley Town Council
has an interesting page on the history of the town.
The Nottinghamshire Local History
Association gives details of all local history societies in the county, as
well as publishing their own magazines.
Picture The Past is a site run
jointly by several local councils and newspapers, making old photographs
available on the internet or to purchase. (Its offices are actually based at
Valley Borough Council offer a number of useful leaflets describing walks in
Derbyshire UK is a guide to
Derbyshire and the lower Peak District, with individual pages for many towns and
villages, plus items on specific subjects such as people, literary connections,
country houses, etc. Well worth a visit.
Nottinghamshire History &
Archaeology site gives a number of useful sites, even if a bit further
Pictures of Smalley is a new,
large-size book of old photographs - excellent for anyone interested in the
village - details of
how to buy it can be found here.
The History of Wootton Court, in Warwickshire, continues the story of the
Beresford-Wright family after they left Aldercar Hall.
A potted history of the
Great Northern Railway gives more details of
one of the railways which gave life to
the Heanor and Langley Mill areas.
The British Association for Local
History publishes various periodicals worth a read - follow this link for