Wallace Hartley, bandleader on board the RMS Titanic was brought up and lived in Colne. He has a memorial near the Library Cenotaph and is buried in the town's cemetery.[35]

Bargain of the week Not hard to find. That five-bed end-of-terrace for a start, £120,000, with pettyresidential.co.uk. Tom Dyckhoff

The adjacent retail park contains a large ASDA supermarket and stores for Next, Argos Extra and DFS. Boundary Mill Stores, one of the first factory outlets in the UK, was established here in 1983, but in 2008 it moved into purpose built premises closer to the end of the M65 motorway. In 2013, it is the borough's largest employer, and has stores in Grantham, Newcastle, Walsall and Rotherham.[8]

Ralph, the father of Roger Bannister the first sub-four-minute miler in 1954, was born in Colne, the family having lived here for 400 years. "Roger Bannister and the Four-minute Mile by John Bale"

The town was made an urban district in 1894 and designated a borough in 1895. It expanded down both sides of the ridge into what are today referred to as the North and South Valleys, east towards the village of Laneshaw Bridge and west towards the new 'cotton town' of Nelson. In 1886, Swinden Clough became the official boundary between Colne and Nelson.

Colne also has a buoyant night-time economy, with a number of restaurants in the vicinity of its three theatres: the amateur-run Pendle Hippodrome Theatre; The Municipal Hall ('The Muni'), which hosts concerts, exhibitions and the annual pantomime, and the Little Theatre, home of Colne Dramatic Society.

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Steven Burke, track and road cyclist who won the bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, Burke was a member of the GB team that won the gold 2012 Summer Olympics and World championships Team Pursuit discipline. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.

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Karl Eden “Live Like The Boy has a mix of vintage and designer homewares. Customers are greeted by owner Ashley and Stanley the sausage dog.”

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John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1691 until 1694 was educated in Colne Grammar School.[34]

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Pennine Motor Services, based in Skipton, operates an hourly service with distinctive orange buses between Skipton and Burnley via Colne.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes to the north-west of Colne. Beyond Barrowford Locks, barges enter the summit level and then the 1 mile (1.6 km)-long dead straight tunnel to Foulridge. Close to the western portal, water from three reservoirs built between 1793 and 1866 feed the summit level.

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When the evening comes Colne, with its three theatres, offers some stunning entertainment. One of the venues, the Colne Muni, plays host to The Pendle Beer Festival at the start of the year, as well as one of country’s biggest and best blues festivals in the country,  the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival every August Bank Holiday.

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Our comfortable and relaxed bar provides the perfect spot in which to sit back and enjoy a drink after a hard day at work or sightseeing in the bewitching local Pendle area.

Members at Colne are proud of their course, clubhouse and catering facilities which are second to none in the area and  welcome visitors, members and non-members to the “little gem”.

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Also keeping you entertained in the town are its three amazing theatres including Colne Muni, The Little Theatre, and Pendle Hippodrome.  The latter has seen a number of famous youngsters progress to the big time, including Lee Ingleby, and Strictly and Coronation Street Star, Natalie Gumede.

The town should not be confused with the unrelated Colne Valley around the River Colne near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.


Hang out at… I’d spend all my pocket money at Rennie Goth sweet shop, circa 1956. Maturer readers: Black Lane Ends for a lovely pub; About Coffee or Green Chimney for lunch.

Alison Birkinshaw “The best thing about Colne is the fantastic countryside. There are wonderful walks on your doorstep: the Rough, Lidgett triangle and, further afield, Pendle Hill.”

The town developed in two parts: Colne, on top of the ridge; and Waterside, at the base of the southern slope, next to Colne Water. By 1296, a corn mill and a fulling mill had been established down by the river. Later, coal was also mined here.

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David Fishwick owns David Fishwick Minibus Company and stars in Channel 4's Bank of Dave.

Where to buy You can find a five-bed terrace for £120,000; half that for two-beds. The Victorians built them well. Albert and Keighley Roads, are lined with fine specimens, with smaller terraces on either side. Poshest is a spine road with country views: Red Lane, Castle Road and Skipton Old Road. Check out lovely villages, too, like Laneshaw Bridge and Wycoller. Detacheds, £150,000-£700,000. Semis, £120,000-£300,000. Terraces, £50,000-£225,000. Rentals: two-bed houses, £350-£550pcm.

Sir William Pickles Hartley, jam manufacturer and philanthropist, who founded the Hartley's Jam Company was born in Colne in 1846 and attended a local British and Foreign School Society school. Hartley's Jam is still on the market though no longer linked to Colne. He gave some of his profits to build Hartley Hospital and Hartley Homes on the boundary with Laneshawbridge.[36]

Since 2004, Colne has hosted the annual Colne Grand Prix cycle race, part of British Cycling's Elite Circuit Series. The course follows an 800-metre circuit of the one-way road system around the town centre. In 2013, Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy MBE, representing Rapha Condor JLT, became the first repeat winner of the race.[30][31]

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Our small but very welcoming hotel offers comfortable accommodation comprising ten single, double and family bedrooms all of which have colour television, hospitality tray and some with en-suite facilities.

The case against The mills have been replaced by factory outlets and offices, but the glorious past hangs around like Banquo’s ghost. It has its socio-economic problems.

There is an active sailing club at Lake Burwain one of the feeder lakes to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.[29]

For details of more schools around Colne see Foulridge, Trawden, Nelson, Laneshaw Bridge and Brierfield.

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Nelson and Colne College is the main provider of post-16 education in the area – there is no grammar school or continuing sixth form centre, the nearest being in Burnley and Skipton. Nelson and Colne College offers AS-level and A-level qualifications, as well as BTEC, City and Guilds, Open College of the North West and some professional qualifications. The college also has tie-ins with some higher education institutions.

The flat scenic nine-hole course is just over 6,000 yards, with tree-lined fairways and fast smooth greens, is a stern test for the most discerning player.