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Heanor Town Hall and church
Grid reference: SK433465
Location: 53°-0’53"N, 1°21’18"W
Population: 22,620
Post town: Heanor
Postcode: DE75
Dialling code: 01773
Local Government
Council: Amber Valley
Amber Valley

Heanor is a town in eastern Derbyshire 8 miles northeast of Derby. The census of 2001 recorded the town's population as 22,620.


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. 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 of meadow, [and] woodland pasture 2 leagues long and 3 furlongs broad. In the time of King Edward worth 4l ; now 41s 4d . Warner holds it.


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 situated on Heanor Gate Industrial Park, was sold in 1992 to become part of the Northern Foods Group. Other companies on the park include Advanced Composites Group, Cullum Detuners Ltd and Isolated Systems Ltd. In 2011 the 2 Sisters Food Group purchased Northern Foods. The Matthew Walker factory is now a part of the 2 Sisters Chilled Division.

Heanor merges into Langley Mill and is served by Langley Mill railway station.

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.

  • Cricket: Heanor Town Cricket Club.
  • Cycling: Heanor Clarion Cycling Club founded in 1934
  • Football team: Heanor Town Football Club ('The Lions'), established in 1883. It also has a youth team called Heanor Juniors.


  • The Ripley and Heanor News

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