by James Pigot  (1818)


Colne is a small market-town, on the east side of the county of Lancaster and appears to have been a very ancient place. In the year 79, according to Mr. Whitaker, a Roman station was erected here by Agricola, at the same time he laid the foundation of others at Lancaster, Blackrod, Warrington, Manchester, &c.. The principal trade, at present, is the cotton manufacture, which is chiefly confined to calicos, Formerly the manufacture of wool ined.-Colne ** and worstedisgoods situated was about carried a mile on to from a considerable the course of extent, the Îleeds but has canal the lately much country de

 is rather mountainous, and the town covers a bed of coal, with stone and slate underneath fit for building. The church is a curacy under Whalley: there are also places of worship for dissenters. In 1777, one of the galleries of a meeting-house, erected by Mr. Wesley, fell and many people were dangerously hurt. Market, Wednesday, Fairs, March 7, May 13, October 11 and December 21, for cattle, sheep, &c. Population 3.330.