Bygone Times

Fire at Riddiough Timber Merchants

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Fire at John Riddiough & Co. Timber Merchants, Colne.  May 31, 1966 was the day when more than 100 firemen, from 15 brigades throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire tackled a fierce blaze at John Riddiough & […]

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Viaduct Mill Fire 1975

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Viaduct Mill Fire, Colne, 1975.  Back in 1975, more than 80 firefighters from North East Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire tacked the fire at the Viaduct Mill in Knotts Lane, Colne. Over 20 cars were […]

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Fire near Seeds Garage

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Bygone Era: Fire near Seeds Garage Photo was taken by the late Donald Speak and is reproduced here by permission of his daughter, Judith Wilson.  Donald was well known locally, especially for his excellent pictures […]

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On track for changes in Colne?

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Urban Altitude dismantled Most of Urban Altitude was dismantled and removed by Tue 26th March 2019.  Urban Altitude was located on a patch of land to the rear (and left) of Rigby Street – situated […]

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Colne – A Market Town

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Markets were probably held in Colne as early as the reign of King Henry I (1100-35). King Henry was the youngest son of William the Conqueror. Colne Cattle fairs were a feature of the town […]