(Last updated on 11 May 2016)
News (for general introduction, see below)
It’s September, so that means a new season for the history society! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 13 September, at 7.30pm, when Brian Key and Frank Bacon will give a talk on Forty Years of Shipley Country Park. It would be really great to see some new visitors, as well our regular members. You don’t have to join to come along (though we hope you will!), and admission is free. You can see details of all this coming year’s talk on the Programme.
Please don’t forget our Questionnaires which can be downloaded from our “We want
your memories” feature. We now added the two most recent questionnaires, one asking
for your recollections of visiting the doctor in times gone past, and the other wanting
to know about local recreation grounds. To date, we have compiled two large supplements
from these questionnaires -
A coal wharf on the Cromford Canal at Langley Mill, dealing with coal brought down for transportation from Eastwood and Brinsley. Beggarlee was in operation until after the end of the Second World War.
Coal and transport are two vital themes to the history of the area -
Lying at the extreme edge of the History Society’s area, between Codnor Castle and Ironville, the pond in Foxholes Plantation has a rather eerie feel about it, even in the best of weather. A good walk in the summer though.
The History Society covers all the area around Heanor, including Smalley, Shipley, Langley Mill, Loscoe and Codnor.
A theme park at Shipley, built on the site of the former Woodside Colliery, ran from 1987 to 2007.
The American Adventure
Even really recent history plays a part in the activities of the Society -
Vic Hallams was a timber construction company, founded at Marlpool at the end of the First World War, before moving to Langley Mill after the Second World War.
Vic Hallams Ltd
In an area such as ours, much of the emphasis is on the now lost industrial history of the 19th and 20th centuries.
One of the biggest employers in Heanor, Morley’s was originally established in Sneinton,
Nottingham around 1797 -
I & R Morley
We would like to hear from anyone who can tell us of their time working at Morley’s.
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-
We hope you will find our site both interesting and informative. We aim for the site
to undergo regular changes -
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.
© Except where otherwise stated, the contents of this website are copyright of the
Heanor and District Local History Society. If you want to use anything you find here,
please ask -
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-
In the eleven years that this site has been on the world wide web, over 420,000 visits
have been made, with over 900,000 page-
But please get in touch if there is anything that you feel you can add.
We are always keen to hear people’s memories of Heanor -
Then and Now (Part One) -
In case you missed it, there was a short article broadcast on BBC Radio Derby in
November about the renaming of the King of Prussia pub -
On the slideshow below, you can click on any of the photographs for a larger image.
The Society also has a page on Facebook. As well as being a different method of promoting our work, it is also a place to post photos and articles which wouldn’t easily fit into the main website.
Below is a feed from our Facebook site, for those of you who don’t already use it. Please visit our page and “like” us!
Entrance to all all our meetings is free -
If you haven’t yet seen them, there have been a number of new pages in the last year
Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover -
Our latest book is now available!
Then and Now (Part Two): The Changing Face of Langley Mill and Aldercar was published on 23 April 2016.
Priced just £6.00, the book has 40 pages of old and new photographs, taken, wherever possible, from the same location.
For more details, and to order direct from the Society, follow this link.
Alternatively, it is available locally from: