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History Categorised by Area & Location

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 everything in just a few web pages, but we hope that all of the communities which go to make up the wider area are represented to a greater or lesser extent.

History by Location

Stainsby House

Stainsby House

Stainsby House is no more, though there is a modern building of that name (see below)....

Smalley

Smalley

The Jacobites in Smalley Few people would readily associate the village of Smalley,...

Britannia Park

Britannia Park

Shipley Country Park was opened in 1976, covering the area around the old Shipley Hall,...

Shipley Postcards

Shipley Postcards

Although it is on the edge of our area, Shipley is probably the most photographed part...

Shipley

Shipley

There had been a hall at Shipley since at least the 13th century. It is known that Sir...

Aldercar

Aldercar

Aldercar is an old area of what is now a joint administrative parish with Langley Mill....

Langley Mill

Langley Mill

To most local people, the history of  Langley Mill conjures up a picture of...

Loscoe

Loscoe

Loscoe certainly existed in the 1500s, when a furnace, owned by the lords of Codnor...

Codnor

Codnor

The village of Codnor has been a major crossroads for over a thousand years. Roads meet...

Introducing Heanor & District Local History Society

Within Heanor itself, there are two pages, one looking at the Market Place, and the other at the Memorial Park.

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. There is also a photo gallery of Langley Mill in flood – a frequent occurrence in the past.

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! There is a separate page on Marlpool Cemetery.

Moving further afield, Shipley has details of the home of the Miller Mundy family, and their mining wealth. There is also a collection of old postcards, and some examples of experimental photography at Shipley Hall. There is also some recent history: a general page on the ill-fated attempt to launch Britannia Park in 1985, and a page on the craftsmen who worked under that venture.

Smalley’s connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie is explained in more detail on the village’s page, and there is also a page on Stainsby House. We also have a page on “Forgotten Place-names”.

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