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the building of Christ Church School #4

“when we had no work we could not spare twopence a week for schooling, and now when we have work our children must wind and nurse!” The school was open, but only on Sundays, there being no money for a … Continue reading

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the building of Christ Church School #3

William Hodgson’s struggles to find the money to build a schoolroom for Christ Church continued. His next letter to the Secretary of the National Society gave more detail of the costs of the proposed school. Dec 26 1838 Reverend and dear … Continue reading

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Christ Church School, Colne, 1895

This amazing picture of Christ Church School, Colne, was most likely taken in 1895 after the extension at the front was completed. This housed new classrooms and new entrances – one for boys one for girls – from the playground, … Continue reading

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the building of Christ Church School #2

We have already heard about the arrival of Reverend William Hodgson at Christ Church and his determination to build a school. For some reason, just over a year passed before Hodgson pushed on with his scheme. He submitted an application to the … 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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Central Hall…first cinema in Colne, the UK or the world?

It has been argued that Central Hall on Colne Lane was not just the UK’s but the world’s first purpose built cinema. Quite a claim for such an inauspicious looking building. That it opened before the other UK contenders for the title is … Continue reading

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Market Street, Colne, c1880s (and now)

A view down Market Street, c1880s. W Croasdale, Bookseller, Stationer and General ? is the shop on the far left. I suspect that’s Mr Croasdale in front of the shop, short white apron and arms folded; there’s another adult and … Continue reading

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