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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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the double identity of John Robinson of Colne #1 a meeting in the pub

What follows is a remarkable story. Not just in terms of content, what happens, but perhaps moreso because it has survived. It is a tale of deception, bureaucracy and the hardships of past times, which has reached us in a … Continue reading

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when your teeth let you down

   

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one class and another

We have heard a lot about the efforts of William Hodgson to establish Christ Church School in Colne. It’s worth remembering that this was not to be a school for all – it was specifically aimed at the children of what … Continue reading

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Market Street, Colne, 1960s

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poor Mr Pryce

We have already heard that David Pryce, a curate at Christ Church in Colne, died within six months of having his offer of marriage turned down by Charlotte Bronte. Yesterday I unexpectedly came across details about Mr Pryce’s death and funeral in the diary of … Continue reading

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benefactors #3

When James Whittaker, a clothier from Church Clough, died around 1653, he left money in his will to provide a yearly dole to most needy poor in Colne. “That the said James Whittaker did in and by his said last Will … Continue reading

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