Tag Archives: history

dame school

Mrs Cryer’s “memories” are a remarkable resource for those interested in the social history of Colne in the middle of the nineteenth century. She takes her readers on a guided tour of the town and, among the many stops she … Continue reading

Posted in church, culture, school | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Old Grammar School

In 1812 a new grammar school building was opened in Colne, next to the parish church. By then, grammar schools already had a very long history. The original purpose of medieval grammar schools was the teaching of Latin. Over time, the curriculum was broadened, … Continue reading

Posted in school | Tagged , | Leave a comment

the bells, the bells

I got quite excited today at the unexpected chance to explore the bell tower of St Bartholomew’s Church. The bell above, one of eight, was made in London and installed in 1814 along with 5 others. The other two date … Continue reading

Posted in church, images now, leisure | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fox Clough steam engine house

An impressive ruin, remote and mostly hidden by trees, still looking down on the water it was built to deal with over 200 years ago. Constructed sometime before 1805 (it’s shown on a map of that date) and probably no … Continue reading

Posted in coal, images now, work | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

read all about it….the small ads

 

Posted in newspapers, trade | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

logbook #4

Here are a selection of entries from the Christ Church School logbook 1871-1901, including death, bad weather, a mother kicking up a stink, punishments, treats, epidemics and bunking off to see the circus.   21 Dec 1871 – A treat … Continue reading

Posted in school, special occasions | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in culture, life, poverty, school, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment