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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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not a bull in a china shop

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minute by minute #1

During the centuries before the establishment of the Colne and Marsden Local Board in 1881 the vestry was the main local authority in Colne, representing the interests of local ratepayers . In 1895, the Local Board was replaced by Colne … Continue reading

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stony broke

Four years earlier than the Reverend Watkin’s visit to Colne in 1846, William Cooke Taylor  gave the following account of the town: “Returning to the road, we resumed our journey to Colne. The town is romantically situated on the summit of … Continue reading

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the slummiest town in Lancashire

We have already met Reverend Frederick Watkins. In 1846 he travelled 9557 miles, mainly in Lancashire, inspecting schools which received government money. Schools largely dedicated to providing elementary education to the working classes in Manchester, Salford, Liverpool and every major and minor town in the county – … Continue reading

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