Visit the town of Heanor for a stroll around the established high street. From family butches to local florists, independent bakers & ale house’s there’s a range of places to shop! The town offers a small outdoor market on Fridays and Saturdays where independent traders deliver a friendly, tailored service.
Visit Heanor Memorial Park to enjoy the open space of this recently renovated park, including a bandstand and splash pad for use in summer months. Heanor Memorial Park is also the venue for events throughout the year including outdoor cinemas and brass bands.
Special Places not to be missed:
Heanor Memorial Park - An oasis of peace and calm, tucked away behind the historic imposing iron gates from Shipley Hall
Shipley Country Park – Whatever the season, there's always lots to see and do in the park - walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, angling, picnicking, kite flying, jogging, wayfaring, photography, exploring the park and much more.
Mr Vacuum Cleaner – There is nothing he doesn’t know about vacuum cleaners! Visit this interesting shop which repairs and sells vintage, classics to modern day vacuum cleaners. There’s even a museum!
Heanor Antique Centre – 4 floors packed with an amazing variety of retro items, antiques, quirky household items. As seen on television!
Heanor Outdoor Market – From fruit and veg to jewellery & wax melts come and visit us Friday & Saturday
The Anglo Saxons were the first major settlers in the area. In Norman times, Heanor was an important village mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Hainoure' and was recorded as having a church which was a significant structure at the time. The town of Heanor was once the route of the world's longest tramway running from Nottingham to Ripley. Named the ‘Ripley Rattler’ it was considered as one of the most dangerous tramways in Britain and even made an appearance in D H Lawrence’s amusing short story ‘Tickets Please’.
The Miller-Mundy family developed Shipley in the 18th century as a country estate and a coal mining area. Shipley Hall was used by D H Lawrence as the setting for his famous novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Hall has been demolished but elaborate iron gates from the house now stand as the entrance to the town's memorial park. In the latter half of the 1900s, the area once despoiled by mining activities was restored. The old railway lines have now been converted into trails and the reservoirs into lakes full of wildlife. Over half a million trees have been planted since the park opened in 1976.
Heanor Memorial Park was established in 1950 and is a memorial to those who lost their lives during WW2. It is an oasis of peace and calm, tucked away behind the iron gates from Shipley Hall. Alongside the park is Shanakiel House, one of the few classical Edwardian style buildings left in the town. Built for Dr E V Eaves in the early 1900s, no expense was spared on its construction. This has now been sold for business use. The Town Hall was erected in 1867, and about 33 years later, it served as a cinema, which is thought to have been the first in Derbyshire. In 1995, it was saved from possible demolition, when it re-opened as a Town Hall.