Category Archives: leisure

brought to book #2

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

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taking the ‘ump up Colne

What an amazing sight ! This is just part of the procession of Sanger’s circus animals and performers bringing more than a touch of the exotic to Colne’s main street in about 1903. (the newspaper poster in the bottom right hand … Continue reading

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what on earth……

is going on here ?! This is probably the oddest image of Colne I’ve seen. What have we got ? A group of children and a few adults in their Sunday best, some carrying small sticks, and a man – … Continue reading

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slip sliding away

I’m not too sure why sliding on icy roads and pavements was taken so seriously, but I’ve certainly seen cases of people being brought before the magistrates and fined – it was no idle threat. I can see the dangers … Continue reading

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brought to book #1

Colne’s first recorded lending library was set up in 1793 by a group of local men. In return for their subscription members of the Coln Book Society were able to borrow books for a certain number of days – a … Continue reading

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a grand day out

What follows is a contemporary account of an outing by the choir of Colne Albert Wesleyan Choir which went on a little longer than expected: Burnley, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Keighley……in A DAY ! pulled by HORSES ! “Reminiscences … Continue reading

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