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Local 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 know.

New address The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association's site contains lots of excellent photographs.

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

Stuart Saint's Codnor & District Local History and Heritage Website is well worth a visit - the site continues to grow, and we wish him every success.

The Codnor Castle Preservation Society has recently launched its own website, with plans for several major additions to the site.

If you're interested in the history of Langley Mill pottery, a visit to their Collectors Society 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.

The Ilkeston and District Local History Society website containins a wealth of information about our next neighbour along the Erewash Valley 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 miniature 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.

The 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. Their 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..

The 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

The 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.

The 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, 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 - 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. 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 Heanor Library.)

Amber Valley Borough Council offer a number of useful leaflets describing walks in the area.

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 afield.

Revised Link 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 details.

There are so many more - watch this space for updates!
Let us know of any useful links you find, by using the Contact Us page!

A butcher's cart (for W.Hartley and Sons), built by Hartshorns of Heanor

Last modified on 29 September 2013 12:49