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Old Grammar School

In 1812 a new grammar school building was opened in Colne, next to the parish church. By then grammar schools already had a very long history. The original purpose of medieval grammar schools was the teaching of Latin. Over time the curriculum was broadened, … Continue reading

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view from the tower

After leaving the bells behind, it was up to the roof of the tower, one of the highest points in the town and a great place to take in (or try to) everything from the immediate surroundings to the distant … Continue reading

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the bells, the bells

I got quite excited today at the unexpected chance to explore the bell tower of St Bartholomew’s Church. The bell above, one of eight, was made in London and installed in 1814 along with 5 others. The other two date … Continue reading

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Colne from the air

This image, of Colne railway station and the surrounding area in 1925, is one of 95000 on the Britain from Above project website. The photographs were all taken by Aerofilms Ltd, a pioneering aerial surveying company established in 1919, and … Continue reading

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alehouses in Colne 1655

“A list of all the Alehouses in every Townshipp within the hundred of Blackburn as followeth” [rather a list of alehouse keepers] Coulne Towne X John Emott X Arthur Blacoe X Abraham Sutliffe O Geoffrey Shacklton O Michaell Doughtie O … Continue reading

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dam buster

John Fort was the bomb-aimer on the Lancaster Bomber AJ-J, one of 18 aircraft taking part in Operation Chastise, 16-17 May, 1943. Operation Chastise is better known as the Dam Busters raid. John was born at the Shooters Arms in … Continue reading

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leaving a note

I found this pamphlet recently on a secondhand book stall, my eye caught by the wonderful cover design. It’s a really interesting brief history of the Nelson Weavers’ Association published in 1922 to mark its 50th anniversary. You can read … Continue reading

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