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Cottontree and Christ Church

First, a few golden oldies.

Sagars.jpg (32231 bytes) This is a really old pic showing Horse and carts outside Sagars Tannery which used to be in Cottontree. Now a park, thankfully, as it used to smell pretty disgusting, especially in summer when I used to walk alongside it to school.
I just found your web site with a picture of Pressed Felts on it.
It brought back a great deal of memories as my dad was a manager there from around 1948 to the 1970's. Spent a lot of time with him in that mill when I was a kid.
I recently received an e-mail from Jonathan Snowden (below) regarding branches of Martins Bank. Can anyone help? Please e-mail me via the link at the top of the page if you can.
Hello Mike
I run Martins Bank Archive, and I am currently adding individual pages to our online archive for every one of 900 branches of Martins Bank.   I have sub branches to Colne listed for Trawden, which merged with Barclays in 1969 along with the rest of Martins, and Cottontree, which it seems opened in 1919 and closed in 1931.  I am writing to you in the hope that you may be able to direct me towards a local source of information that might confirm or deny the existence of Cottontree as a branch in its own right, or perhaps it was the name given to the Trawden sub branch.  Barclays themselves are working closely with me in this project, but they do not have any details in this case.  Anything or anyone you know, would be helpful!

Sorry Mike, I forgot to mention that I am also looking for the sub branches at Primet Bridge and Laneshaw Bridge.

At least, that's what I thought. Read what Trevor Hatcher has to say below.
hi mike,
i was just looking at your site as i have been looking into my family history. my grandfather luther bertrand hudson, used to work for sagars in the early 1900's.
in about 1905, he was transferred to another sagar site here at hackbridge, surrey and appointed as manager of their degreasing works on the river wandle.
the picture that you have of the horse and cart must have been taken outside the hackbridge works as the sign on the side says hackbridge and colne.
it was very interesting reading you site and trying to imagine what life was like there in grandads time.... many thanks, trevor hatcher.
I hope you don't mind me contacting you, I came across your website while trying to find out more about the history of Cottontree, nr Trawden.
My husband and I have recently bought the former St Ursula's Chapel of Ease, on Bright Street in Cottontree and are very interested to know more about the building's history!
All I know so far is that it was formerly a stable belonging to Massey's Brewery (who I guess owned the Cottontree Inn), and the Catholic church began using the upstairs barn area for services after 1903. The church then purchased the building in 1929 and converted it to full use as a chapel. I am interested in any information / photos you may have of the Cottontree Inn / stable / chapel over the years!
We are currently renovating the building, which had fallen into disrepair, and are converting it sympathetically in order to retain its 'chapel-like' character.
I would be very interested in anything you may know about this building and its immediate vicinity!
Mrs Julia Ansell.
I went to Colne Christ Church Primary School between 1966/67 & 1973 and the photo's brought back a lot of memories.

We emigrated to Australia in 1974 when I was 11.



This copy of a postcard kindly sent to me by Pauline Wainwright. She adds some useful background to my knowledge of Cottontree. Pauline says:

'It was sent to my grandmother Lucy Garnar nee Waddington from her friend in Colne and was dated 4 August 1937.  The postbox has an arrow above it pointing to a Post Office across the road.  I can't quite read the sign above the door, it looks a bit like J Gott.....   So it may not been the same shop that my great-aunt used to have, all I really know is that she had a chip shop in Cottontree and then moved to London'

'It looks just the same today - I was there a couple of years ago - except that it is now Lee Garden, Chinese Take Away. The mill at the end of the terrace (which I understand was Joseph Eccles' mill) has long since gone.

A lot of my family's homes in Cottontree and Winewall are still there, I remember being taken to visit various great-aunts and uncles there back in the 1950's and going back there after a period of 40+ years really was like a blast from the past.   

If anyone visiting your site is researching the Waddington or Garnar families of Cottontree and Winewall, I would love to hear from them.'

Pauline can be contacted on:


In the postcard above, you can just see some buildings beyond the 'new' post office which, I believe, were seriously damaged by flooding (in the 1940's?) by a storm swollen beck. They were subsequently taken down.

This was the fish and chip shop where I spent the formative (!) years of my life! Well, until I was eighteen, anyway. I think this picture would have been taken around 1960.

Note the letter box has gone (across the road to the 'new' post office which clearly was there in 1937)

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At the end of the street (see above) there was Fenners: re located from Hull during the war so that V belt production could be continued without threat of enemy bombs. My Uncle Sydney worked there during the war and then returned to Hull with his two sons (my cousins) until he retired about 15 years ago. My two cousins are now in Chester and Spain respectively.
This is the same shop forty years on in 2000.

Opposite is the (new) Post Office run by my primary school friend, Martin Lee. I don't think there is any connection with the Lee in 'Lee Garden'.

I have been told that the Post office has now closed (summer 2004) I guess Martin has taken retirement. All the best to him.

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This was (and is) Christ Church Primary School attended by myself between 1948 and 1955.

The teachers were: Miss White, Miss Armistead, Mrs Hartley (I think) and Miss Keighley. No one could forget Miss Keighley! She and Miss Armistead used to be keen walkers

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The school yard with views of Winewall beyond.

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The side of the school with the windows of what used to be Miss Keighley's classroom.

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This was the view from my bedroom towards the bridge over the River Colne.

Ben Birtwhistle used to run a butchers shop at the far edge of the near building. There was a Co-op in the far building and I remember the brass band used to practice in a room over the Co-op on Thursday evenings when I was trying to get to sleep!

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This was all the news in 1960 when the 'pop' lorry crashed into the 'beck' at the bottom of Heifer Lane. Scoop Baker was there to get the pictures!

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...and this is the drivers eye view before he let rip down t'hill into beck.

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Fed Cottontree into Google and found tour site which brought back so many memories for me. My grandparents lived in Bright Street and I first visited in October 1940 when just a few weeks old !! Dad was in the Army so as we lived in Coventry Mum went to Cottontree to stay for a few months.
Over the years played with Keith whose father ran the pub. Visited Bright Street sometime in the sixties to find the mill had been demolished.

Polly Pilling was still living on the street at that time. My grandfather - Ernest Maxwell - worked at the tannery.

I remember the shop on the corner of Bright Street and its wonderful aromas. I could go on - such good memories.
Thank you - David Bloodworth
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