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New signs point to times gone by

[Thursday 04 May 2006]

MANY in the East Lancashire town of Colne may have nostalgic images of oil lamps and cobbled streets from years ago, but now the past is being restored.

A sign of Colne's heritage
A sign of Colne's heritage

Lancaster Street now has a sign pointing to its past history and is the first street in Colne to become an official Heritage Street.

The street has a traditional stone flag pathway and is paved with the original stone setts or 'cobbles' that were laid when the street was built over a hundred years ago.

While oil lamps may be stuck in the past, the street lights on Lancaster Street retain the old fashioned design but are made with modern materials.

The initiative is the result of funding from Pendle Borough Council's Colne Area Committee; other streets where the stone setts are being preserved include Grosvenor Street and Robert Street.

Frank Whiteley, a technician from Pendle Council's Highways Team said:

"Flagged footpaths and stone setts were in risk of dying out and being left to the history books.

"They can conjure up pictures of the days of mill workers, clogs and flat caps and all the traditional crafts that we in Lancashire should be proud of."

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