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Erewash Canal basin at Langley Mill
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Originally named Long Lea, the village of Langley Mill was a major employer throughout the mid 1900s with many companies including The Flour Mill, Langley Mill Pottery, Aristoc & Co Ltd, G.R. Turners, and Vic Hallam Limited.
Aristoc, originally on North Street, manufactured silk stockings within the village. During the Second World War, when its manufacturing included parachutes and inflatable dinghies for the war effort, it became a target for German bombers. The buildings have been replaced with housing.
The now closed Victory greyhound racing track was opened on ground adjoining the New Inn on 19 April 1930. As a flapping (independent) track it was not affiliated to the sports governing body, the National Greyhound Racing Club. The principal distances for greyhound racing was 330 and 500 yards; the track also held whippet races.
The village, part of the Aldercar and Langley Mill parish, is on the border of Nottinghamshire, and is conjoined to the settlements of Aldercar (to the north) and Heanor (to the south-west), with the neighbouring village of Langley in the Heanor and Loscoe parish. Across the River Erewash is the Nottinghamshire town of Eastwood. The Erewash was the Aldercar and Langley Mill boundary; this moved in 1992 to the A610, the Erewash Canal basin becoming part of Langley Mill.
The A610 £2.5 million Langley Mill Bypass was opened on 8 September 1983, by the leader of Derbyshire County Council.
National chain outlets in the village include KFC, Home Bargains and McDonald's. There are two supermarkets: Asda, which includes one of the village's two petrol filling stations, and Lidl. The second petrol station, owned by a petroleum company, includes a Starbucks outlet.