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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
A Parade passes in front of the parish church. Across the road are The Fleece and the Parkers Arms. I make the words on the banner to be Colne Baptist Church Sunday School.
NO children allowed and NO drunks, scruffs or smokers ONLY 1 book out at a time NO touching the books without permission Do NOT go into the librarian’s enclosure AND, damage a book and risk 6 months in prison or, if … Continue reading
The opening of Colne’s first free public library in 1895 represented a new risk to the health of the readers of the town. Borrowing a book was a kind of lucky dip and could lead to illness and maybe, just maybe, death. This sounds a strange … Continue reading
Colne’s first public library was opened in Colne Lane on Monday 11 February 1895 in the former council offices vacated by the move to the new town hall. The town’s first librarian was Ernest Crowther, who had been appointed the … Continue reading
We’ve seen that the first lending library in Colne we know about was privately organised and paid for. As today, when libraries services are coming under increasing financial pressure, back in 1894 when proposals for the first free public library for Colne library … Continue reading