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  • The parish was in the Ilkeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2126
1861 R.G. 9 / 2431 & 2435
1891 R.G. 12 / 2663
1911 R.G. 14 / 20398

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Heanor area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.

  • The church traces its history back to a church mentioned in the 1086 Domesday survey.

  • Saint John's Church in Aldecar was built as a Chapel of Ease to Saint Lawrence Church.

  • St. John's Church seats 230.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.

Church Records

  • We have a pop-up window of a handful of Parish Register marriages in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • Marriages at Heanor, 1558-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • There are also Heanor Baptisms, 1816-1837 at Taghill.

  • The Anglican church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a small chapel here in 1819.

  • The Society of Friends (Quakers) built a meeting-house here in 1834.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1839.

  • The General Baptists built a small chapel here in 1849. Their chapel is on Derby Road.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Ilkeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.

Description and Travel

"HEANOR is a neat village and populous township, in the parish of its name, and in the same hundred as Ilkeston, about four miles N.N.W. from that town, eight and a half N.E. from Derby, and eight S. from Alfreton. This place, which was formerly a market-town, is pleasantly situate on an eminence, and the eastern boundary of the parish is watered by the Erewash river. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring coal works, and others in the manufacture of lace."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

This large village is 10 miles north-west of Nottingham and 7 miles east of Belper. Langley Mill is a village, partly in Heanor parish and partly in Eastwood parish, Nottinghamshire. Aldercar is a village in Heanor parish just north of Langley Mill.

Railway passenger service ceased here in 1939.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Heanor has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Heanor to another place.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK433465 (Lat/Lon: 53.014041, -1.356045), Heanor which are provided by:

Military History

  • A Memorial Park was established by the Amber Valley District Council as a tribute to all military and civilian personnel of the British forces killed and injured in the service of their country.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Aldercar War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


  • Here are some fragments of local history from the Derby Mercury newspaper.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • Heanor formed an Urban District Council in 1895.

  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley (Ilkeston Court) petty session hearings.

  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Basford Poorlaw Union.