this week’s column picture is taken from my “Lost Colne” book archive (in preparation stage) and is a classic view from the 1920s of the now legendary “Landings” on the hillside overlooking Colne’s ancient Waterside.
These unique houses had the official names of Bank Terrace North (facing Colne Lane) and Bank Terrace South (facing Waterside), although due to the huge metal-poled balcony everyone knew them as “The Landings”.
The late Tom Higgin, a true Watersider, told me around 40 years ago: “When you stood on The Landings balcony overlooking all of Waterside, Geoff, you felt like a king.”
Sadly, no longer can anyone stand on The Landings for these iconic homes were bulldozed down during the mid-1930s.
The huge metal poles (around 10ft long) were still on the site in the 1940s and early 1950s. Me and my pals Roger Cookson, Allan Lister and Malcs Graham used to balance and roll down the hillside on them. Ah, happy days!