Walk into the past looks set to be thing of the future

Historian and writer Geoff Crambie poses next to a tree on the site where Colne's former courthouse once stood.
Historian and writer Geoff Crambie poses next to a tree on the site where Colne's former courthouse once stood.

A tour of some of Colne’s most notable landmarks was so popular it is set to become a regular event.

Around 30 people joined the guided walk led by local historian and writer, Geoff Crambie, who first conducted the tour in 1977.

Called Crambie’s Curious Colne, the inaugural walk in 1977 marked the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the launch of Geoff’s first book, A Colne Jubilee.

He decided to hold it again to mark the 40th anniversary and the publication of his final book, A Colne Scrapbook.

Geoff said: “The response was superb with people of all ages joining us and also a friend of mine who I haven’t seen for decades and a lady who came over from Blackburn and loved it so much she asked me to hold it again next week!”

Starting at the Crown Hotel in Albert Road the route followed some of the oldest parts of the town including Skipton Road, Albert Road, Church Street and Market Street.

Geoff pointed out places of interest, many of them no longer in existence, including the former courthouse which was demolished in 1969.

Walkers also saw the site that was once home to the Waverley Hotel, the only teetotal establishment out of 53 pubs in the town and the grave of a Pendle witch, which was only discovered when workmen began a scheme to widen the road near Colne Parish Church.

One of the highlights was when the walkers got the chance to stand on the step where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, stood when he visited Colne when the town's Wesleyan Chapel opened in 1777.

The walk was rounded off at Colne Bookshop in Church Street with a quiz hosted by Geoff and owner Mark Bateman.

Among the prizes for the winners were a 2,000 year old Roman coin and one of six glass ashtrays made for the former Shepherd’s Arms pub, both donated from Geoff’s personal collection.