A wonderful snapshot of the shops, trades and other businesses in Colne and thereabouts in 1825.
- 22 places to get a pint but nowhere for a haircut
- cotton is king (and straw hats were quite popular too, especially on Windy Bank)
- 7 bakers on Market and Church Streets
- what’s an oil and colour man?
- 20 places to get something for your feet
- tailors made a habit of it
- business was nearly always a man’s business (apart from making and selling hats)
- people in Laneshawbridge and Waterside had plenty of places to spend a bob or two
Source: History, directory and gazetteer of the county palatine of Lancaster, Edward Baines, William Parson, 1825 (available on Google Books)