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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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Fox Clough

  

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Fox Clough steam engine house

An impressive ruin, remote and mostly hidden by trees, still looking down on the water it was built to deal with over 200 years ago. Constructed sometime before 1805 (it’s shown on a map of that date) and probably no … Continue reading

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Colne’s industrial heritage

Mike Rothwell’s new book – Industrial Heritage A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Colne, Trawden and Foulridge – is excellent. Exhaustively researched, this comprehensive survey of the our industrial past is well structured – with useful introductory sections – and … Continue reading

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Central Hall…first cinema in Colne, the UK or the world?

It has been argued that Central Hall on Colne Lane was not just the UK’s but the world’s first purpose built cinema. Quite a claim for such an inauspicious looking building. That it opened before the other UK contenders for the title is … Continue reading

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Market Street, Colne, c1880s (and now)

A view down Market Street, c1880s. W Croasdale, Bookseller, Stationer and General ? is the shop on the far left. I suspect that’s Mr Croasdale in front of the shop, short white apron and arms folded; there’s another adult and … Continue reading

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