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Heanor & District Local History Society


(Last updated on 31 August 2017)

News (for general introduction, see below)

The programme for the 2017/18 season is now available - see here for the full list of meetings.

Email newsletters: With the ever rising cost of postage, we now offer an email membership option. For just £4.00 a year, you will receive all our newsletters as they come out, delivered straight to your computer. Of course, the postal option remains for those who can’t access our newsletters like this. Go to the Membership page to join.

At our February meeting, on Tuesday the 13th, Danny Wells will tells us the history of  a Derbyshire town steeped in history: Ashbourne: Gateway to Dovedale. As always, the meeting will be at the Wilmot Street Centre, starting at 7.30pm, and admission is free.

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 - more are planned as soon as we get sufficient returned forms to fill around 12 pages. Thanks to all those who have helped so far.

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

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.

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© 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 - the chances are we won't mind.

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.

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-views. Not bad for a site covering a small market town in Derbyshire! A number of emails are received each month - some are dealt with very quickly, others need a bit of time to think about!

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 - just send us a few notes and who knows, it could develop into a whole new page on the website, or an article in one of our newsletters.

The Society is continuing to work on several publications (it’s a long hard slog!)

But in the meantime, all of our available books can be found on this site (click on Publications above), and they can also be found at the usual local stockists.

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 - you can listen to it by following the link.

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 - we will, of course, try to persuade to to become a member, or to buy a raffle ticket, but there is no commitment - everybody is welcome!

We are still planning for new pages to be added to the site - sorry that it’s been a bit slow recently.

Please let us know of any subjects you would like to see us cover - better still, send us an article, or just a few brief notes, and we will see whether we can turn this into an item for the website.

Our 2018 Calendar - just  a handful left
- still only £3.00.

And, since 2018 marks the centenary of William Gregg of Heanor becoming the first man to receive the three highest gallantry medals, we are proud that the cover of the calendar reflects this local hero.

Calendars can be purchased direct from us (follow this link).

Then and Now (Part Two)