Category Archives: life

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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it’s a “no” from me david

David Pryce was curate to William Hodgson, the second incumbent of Christ Church, Colne, and went with him in 1839 to Haworth to visit Patrick Bronte, Hodgson’s former employer, and his family. Charlotte talked of the afternoon in one of … 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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bad mooed?

Was it the lady in the middle that decided to do some impromptu shopping on the way to market? Or, was it one of the udders? Views here of Colne’s cattle market in the very last few years of the … Continue reading

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