Situated in the Amber Valley
near Derby, Heanor was a market town which grew
rapidly from the Industrial Revolution with the
arrival of improved transportation, via canals and
railways, and the need for coal. At one time it
stood on the route of the world's longest tramway,
from Nottingham to Ripley.
D.H. Lawrence used Shipley Hall as the setting for ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’. Although the Hall has gone, its estate has been turned into a magnificent country park. Close by is the theme park American Adventure. The River Erewash passes through the area at Langley Mill where restored boats travel to and from the 200-year-old canal basin.