Colne is an ancient Lancashire Pennine town with a fascinating history. This book, undertaken by members of Colne Local History Society in conjunction with staff and students of Nelson & Colne College, tells the story of that town from earliest times to the present day. The editor is Miss Dorothy Harrison, who was senior history teacher at Colne Grammar School for 25 years, and ran local history classes for 14 years.
The way Colne developed from a medieval market centre to a prosperous textile town is described in detail. It was not an easy process. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution came the Cotton Famine, ‘The Hungry Forties’, Chartist Riots and the Colne Strike. The town’s role during national events such as the Civil War, Jacobite Rebellions and Victorian era is also chronicled. Separate sections cover specific aspects of the town’s life – its transport, religious history, politics, industries and leisure over the centuries.
This book is easy to read and a pleasure to browse through. Students and historians will find it indispensable, while those with an interest in Colne’s past will be intrigued by the town’s story revealed in this vivid account.