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Heanor & District Local History Society


(Last updated on 25 April 2024)

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Only one more indoor meeting to go for the current season - Tuesday 14th May Dr James Wright will give a fascinating talk on “Myth-busting”. A professional archaeologist, Dr Wright will concentrate in this talk on debunking the myths about “secret tunnels” - just about every town and village seems to have such a story, including Heanor.

If anyone would like to explain just how (or why) you would dig a tunnel from Heanor Church to Codnor Castle (there’s rather a deep valley between them), then please feel free to message us!

We have just published our programme for next season, which starts in September. There are a few VERY local topics, such as Heanor Cemetery, Shipley, the Market Place and William Gregg V.C., along with a look at the local impact of the major 1893 miners’ strike. We hope that the other topics will prove equally interesting.

As always, our meetings are free to attend - you don’t have to be a member. However, our newsletters are only free to members, and they alone are worth the membership fee.

Our monthly newsletters have changed a lot over the years. If you haven’t yet seen them the Newsletters 50th page, we have added downloadable copies of our first newsletter, in January 1970, and our 410th newsletter, from January 2020. Have a look at see what you think.

Email newsletters: If you enjoy these digital newsletters, why not subscribe to future editions? The cost is only £6.00 a year, which means that you get nine editions, monthly from September to May - you can do this easily by going to the Membership page. (You can, in fact, buy all 50+ years’ worth of newsletters, but this has to be done by a digital download - contact us for more information, or see the Newsletters 50th page for an order form).

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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-profit making, and all money we receive is ploughed back into preserving and promoting the past of the Heanor area -  this website, our Heritage Centre, our publications, talks and displays, are all examples of our work. If you would like to assist us, please leave us a donation, large or small, by clicking on the button above - all transactions are administered safely and securely by PayPal.

Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover on the website - better still, send us an article, or just a few brief notes, and we will see whether we can turn this into a new article. Scanned photos of anything in the Heanor area are always of interest, but please try to obtain a high-resolution scan where possible.

Over the next couple of months, the website will be having a major revamp - it is possible that it will experience a bit of downtime while this happens, but we will still have our presence on Facebook.

We are also pleased to be working with Derbyshire County Council in developing a new display of local history topics in the town - more news on that shortly.

We have also been helping Amber Valley with a number of topics lately, and you will perhaps see these come to fruition soon.

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-most English town in the country, after nearby Ripley, with almost 90% of the population being English in origin. Third came Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and Boston in Lincolnshire came fourth. Whatever your views on what this means, at least it got the town's name mentioned!

We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. We aim for the site to undergo regular changes - most pages stay the same, but new additions come along (we hope) quite often, and eventually some items will also disappear. So please keep coming back to see what changes we have made. If you've not visited for a while, have a look at the What's New page, where we keep a running log of changes made to the site.

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.

© OpenStreetMap contributors

The Britain from Above website contains a huge number of aerial photographs from the 1920s and 30s - this is just one taken in the Heanor area.

Using photos from that website, we have now created a Heanor from Above page.

Heanor Market Place, 1928