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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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when your teeth let you down


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read all about it….the small ads


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Colne’s first railway #1

Colne first became part of the passenger rail network when the final section of the  Leeds and Bradford Extension railway was opened on 2 Oct 1848. The following year, on 1 Feb, this was met end-to-end by the Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Colne … Continue reading

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Colne’s industrial heritage

Mike Rothwell’s new book – Industrial Heritage A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Colne, Trawden and Foulridge – is excellent. Exhaustively researched, this comprehensive survey of the our industrial past is well structured – with useful introductory sections – and … Continue reading

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You know when something just leaps off the page….well, according to the Oxford English Dictionary a gimp is “Twisted silk, worsted, or cotton with cord or wire running through it, used chiefly as upholstery trimming.”

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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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a cut above

In 1825 there was no barber mentioned in a directory of the shops and trades in Colne. It seems that there was one 5 years earlier, who thought rather at lot of himself, and aimed not just to get the … Continue reading

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shop til you drop

A wonderful snapshot of the shops, trades and other businesses in Colne and thereabouts in 1825. 22 places to get a pint but nowhere for a haircut cotton is king (and straw hats were quite popular too, especially on Windy … Continue reading

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