Walk will showcase historic town of Colne

Geoff Crambie, who is to conduct a guided walk of Colne at Albert Court, one of the oldest streets in the town.
Geoff Crambie, who is to conduct a guided walk of Colne at Albert Court, one of the oldest streets in the town.

A guided walk, led by one of the town’s most passionate champions, will shine a light on some of the most historic areas of Colne.

Local historian and writer Geoff Crambie will lead the walk, called Crambie’s Curious Colne, which he first conducted 40 years ago in 1977.

The year marked the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and also the launch of Geoff’s first book, A Colne Jubilee.

The walk starts at the Crown Hotel in Albert Road and the route follows some of the oldest parts of the town including Skipton Road, Albert Road, Church Street and Market Street.

Geoff, who has just written A Colne Scrapbook, his tenth and final book, said: “I will be pointing out places of interest, many of them that are no longer in existence."

The walk takes place on Wednesday from 2pm.

Walkers will get the chance to see where the notorious police killer, Charlie Peace, was incarcerated at the former Colne courthouse which was demolished in 1969.

Geoff will also be pointing out the site which used to be home to the Waverley Hotel which, out of 53 pubs in the town, was the only teetotal establishment.

Walkers will also see the grave of a Pendle witch, which was only discovered when workmen began a scheme to widen the road near Colne Parish Church.

The walk will round off at around 4pm at Colne Bookshop in Church Street where a quiz on the town will be hosted by Geoff and owner Mark Bateman.

And among the prizes are a selection of rare items Geoff has donated from his extensive collection of memorabilia.

Geoff said: “I don’t want to say too much about the prizes but they are very special and well worth having.”

The walk is free and anyone who would like to go is asked meet at the Crown Hotel at 2pm.