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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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the building of Christ Church School #4

“when we had no work we could not spare twopence a week for schooling, and now when we have work our children must wind and nurse!” The school was open, but only on Sundays, there being no money for a … Continue reading

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the building of Christ Church School #3

William Hodgson’s struggles to find the money to build a schoolroom for Christ Church continued. His next letter to the Secretary of the National Society gave more detail of the costs of the proposed school. Dec 26 1838 Reverend and dear … Continue reading

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Christ Church School, Colne, 1895

This amazing picture of Christ Church School, Colne, was most likely taken in 1895 after the extension at the front was completed. This housed new classrooms and new entrances – one for boys one for girls – from the playground, … Continue reading

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the building of Christ Church School #2

We have already heard about the arrival of Reverend William Hodgson at Christ Church and his determination to build a school. For some reason, just over a year passed before Hodgson pushed on with his scheme. He submitted an application to the … Continue reading

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the building of Christ Church School #1

January 2016 will see the 175th anniversary of the opening of Colne Christ Church School. With a strong determination to bring the word of god and a basic general education to the children of the poor in that part of … Continue reading

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