Monthly Archives: April 2011

stony broke

Four years earlier than the Reverend Watkin’s visit to Colne in 1846, William Cooke Taylor  gave the following account of the town: “Returning to the road, we resumed our journey to Colne. The town is romantically situated on the summit of … Continue reading

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the slummiest town in Lancashire

We have already met Reverend Frederick Watkins. In 1846 he travelled 9557 miles, mainly in Lancashire, inspecting schools which received government money. Schools largely dedicated to providing elementary education to the working classes in Manchester, Salford, Liverpool and every major and minor town in the county – … Continue reading

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catching sardines in Earby

The Factory Act of 1847, also known as the Ten Hours Act, restricted the working hours of women and children in British factories to effectively 10 hours per day. Leonard Horner was an Inspector of Factories for Lancashire. In his report … Continue reading

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the evils of nuddy racing

In 1846 Reverend Frederick Watkins inspected 346 schools in receipt of a government grant, mainly in Lancashire. In October he visited Colne National School, Blascomy Square (later St Bartholomew’s Church of England School), which he describes in his report as “an important … Continue reading

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