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Heanor & District Local History Society


(Last updated on 26 July 2022)

News (for general introduction, see below)

For technical reasons (old software won’t work on new computer!), updating the website is now something of an ordeal, though it still works for visitors, and can still be used for ordering publications, etc.

We will attempt to get this sorted as soon as possible, but it will mean a total re-write of the 70 or so pages that are on here at present.

In the meantime, please see our Facebook page for any up-to-date news. And if you are not a Facebook user, you can still see our posts in the column to the right.

See our Programme for details of our meetings. All our meetings are free. We encourage people to join the Society, but you are under no obligation to do so. Our newsletters, though, are only free to members, and from time to time there are other advantages to being a member.

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

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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.

More and more we are using Facebook to promote the work of the Society, which means we’ve been a bit lax at adding new  items to the main website - we hope to get back to it in due course. If you’re not a Facebook user, you can still see the latest comments above.

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.

2023 calendar is now available.

You can buy them at any of our meetings, at various local shops, or you can order them from us online (postage and packing is extra).

Click on the calendar for more details.

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 £5.00 a year, which (pandemics allowing) 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 these will have to be sent on a CD - details on the Newsletters 50th page).

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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