Coordinates: 53°00′53″N 1°21′18″W / 53.0148°N 1.355°W / 53.0148; -1.355

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Heanor Town Hall (left), with St Lawrence's Church (right).
Heanor is located in Derbyshire

 Heanor shown within Derbyshire
Population 22,620 
OS grid reference SK433465
Parish Heanor and Loscoe, Aldercar and Langley Mill, Smalley
District Amber Valley
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEANOR
Postcode district DE75
Dialling code 01773
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Amber Valley
List of places: UK • England • Derbyshire

Heanor is a town in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England. It is 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Derby. According to the census of 2001 the town's population was 22,620.[1]



Heanor was mentioned in the Domesday Book with the following entry:

6M In CODNOR and Heanor and Langley [in Heanor] and 'Smithycote' [in Codnor Park] 8 thegns had 7 carucates of land to the geld. [There is] land for as many ploughs. There are now 3 ploughs in demesne; and 11 villans and 2 bordars and 3 sokemen having 5 ½ ploughs. There is a church, and 1 mill [rendering]12d , and 35 acres (140,000 m2) of meadow, [and] woodland pasture 2 leagues long and 3 furlongs broad. TRE[2] worth 4l ; now 41s 4d . Warner holds it.


Since 1984 Heanor has had three tiers of local government: parish, district and county.

Civic history to 1974

The parish of Heanor formed a local board in about 1850 to govern the town. In 1895, under the Local Government Act 1894 the board's area became an urban district. In 1899 Heanor Urban District was enlarged with the addition of the neighbouring parish of Codnor and Loscoe.[3][4] The urban district continued in existence until 1974, when it was merged into the new non-metropolitan district of Amber Valley under the Local Government Act 1972.[5]

Civil parishes

The area of the former urban district initially formed an unparished area.[5] In 1984 it was divided between three new civil parishes:[6]

  • Aldercar and Langley Mill. In 2001 the parish had a population of 4,863.[7]
  • Codnor. In 2001 the parish had a population of 3,836.[8]
  • Heanor and Loscoe. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 16,040.[9] In 1987 the parish council resolved to designate the parish a town under section 245 of the 1972 Act. According Heanor and Loscoe is governed by a town council, headed by a town mayor.[citation needed]

Borough council

Amber Valley Borough Council, based in Ripley, consists of 45 councillors. The borough is divided into 23 wards, each returning from one to three councillors. The town of Heanor is divided between three wards, electing six councillors. As of 2011 the political representation is as follows:


County council

Derbyshire County Council consists of 63 county councillors each elected for a single-member electoral district. Heanor falls into two electoral districts, Greater Heanor and Heanor Central. Following the elections of 2009, the two districts are represented by members of the Conservative and Labour parties respectively.[11]


Coal mining and textiles used to be the major industries of the town, but both of these declined as a major force in the second half of the 20th century.

The Matthew Walker factory, famous for the production of Christmas puddings and situate in Heanor Gate, was sold in 1992 to become part of the Northern Foods Group.

Heanor merges into Langley Mill and is served by Langley Mill railway station. Formerly the Midland Railway had a line between Shipley Gate and Butterley that passed through Heanor (closed to passengers in 1926), and the Great Northern Railway had a branch line which terminated in a goods yard and small station in Heanor (closed in 1928, though temporarily revived in 1939).

Culture and community

Heanor hosts a community festival called Heanor Festival Week[12] the week of the May Day holiday every year.


Heanor Grammar School, which was just to the east of the market place, is now part of the South East Derbyshire College. A book on the history of the school was published in 2008.[13] The largest school presently in the area is the Heanor Gate Science College, in the neighbouring parish of Smalley, opened in 1964.[citation needed]

Sport and leisure

Shipley Country Park borders the south and west of the town. This valuable green space consists of most of the former estate of the Miller-Mundy family who lived at Shipley Hall (demolished in the 1940s) until the 1920s. It was sold for coal mining purposes and was intensively opencast and deep seam mined by what became the National Coal Board before being restored and handed over to the county council in the 1970s.

Heanor Clarion Cycling Club was founded in 1934.[14] The local football team is known as 'The Lions' - Heanor Town Football Club. Established in 1883, the club is a member of the East Midlands Counties Football League. It also has a youth team called Heanor Juniors. Famous ex-players include Nigel Clough, who went on to play for Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City. He is now the manager of Derby County.[15] Nigel Pearson, who after leaving Heanor captained Sheffield Wednesday to a League Cup win over Manchester United at Wembley, is now the manager at Hull City.[16] The Lions share their playing area with Heanor Town Cricket Club.


Heanor has a few bus routes which can be viewed on the List of bus routes in Heanor page. Heanor (GNR) railway station was closed in 1939 and Heanor (MR) railway station was closed in 1926. The nearest station is at Langley Mill two miles away, which has services to Nottingham, Sheffield and beyond.


The local newspaper which serves, amongst others, the communities of Ripley, Heanor, Marlpool, Loscoe, Waingroves, Aldercar, Crosshill and Codnor is the 'Ripley and Heanor News'. However, its circulation area is not limited to these towns and villages and could be considered to extend from Whatstandwell in the west, to Brinsley in the east; from South Normanton in the north, to Coxbench in the south. It is published each Thursday.[citation needed]

Notable residents

The Market Place

[citation needed]

St Lawrence's Church

Notes and references

  1. ^ "KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas". Office for National Statistics. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D8271.xls. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  2. ^ TRE in Latin is Tempore Regis Edwardi. This means in the time of King Edward before the Battle of Hastings.
  3. ^ "Heanor". Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire. Historical Directories. 1912. p. 296. http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/makepdf.asp?fn=E:\ZYIMAGE\DATA\HISTDIR\TIF\BCL15026tif\0000A2QR.TIF. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 77. ISBN 0861931270. 
  5. ^ a b Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 40. ISBN 0117508470. 
  6. ^ "Parish councils". Amber Valley Borough Council. 30 March 2010. http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/services/governmentpoliticsandpublicadministration/localgovernment/councils/parishcouncils/. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Aldercar and Langley Mill CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=793214&c=Langley+Mill&d=16&e=15&g=433391&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1275421557234&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Codnor CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=793219&c=Codnor&d=16&e=15&g=433239&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1275424872208&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Heanor and Loscoe CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=793225&c=Heanor&d=16&e=15&g=433295&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1275425010502&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Borough Councillor Lookup "Borough councillors". AMber Valley Borough Council. http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/AVBC/Core/TemplateHandler.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID={2A276A24-7C77-496E-871A-8A8F64B61121}&NRORIGINALURL=%2fservices%2fgovernmentpoliticsandpublicadministration%2flocalgovernment%2fcouncils%2fcouncillors%2fboroughcouncillors%2fBoroughCouncillorLookup.htm&NRCACHEHINT=Guest Borough Councillor Lookup. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Councillors". Derbyshire County Council. http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/councillors/. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Heanor Festival Week
  13. ^ Follow the Master
  14. ^ Heanor Clarion Cycling Club accessed June 2007
  15. ^ BBC Sport: Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  16. ^ BBC Sport: Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  17. ^ Goldman, Samuel (September 2004). "Clarke, Sir Richard William Barnes (1910–1975)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30938. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30938. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  18. ^ Derbyshire at VictoriaCross.org
  19. ^ William Howitt biography at NNDB accessed June 2007
  20. ^ British History academic site accessed 7 October 2007
  21. ^ Carpenter, Kenneth J (September 2004). "Smith, Edward (1819–1874)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25794. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25794. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  22. ^ Brighton, Trevor (September 2004). "Watson, Samuel (bap. 1662, d. 1715)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28864. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/28864. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

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