Colne Valley Folk (1936) by Ernest Lockwood



A download PDF version of Ernest Lockwood’s 1936 book “Colne Valley Folk”.

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The PDF contains 194 pages and has a file size of 23MB.


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Yorkshire Post (11/Jul/1936):

Mr. Lockwood, himself a native of the Colne Valley, has given us a true and faithful accounts of the district as he has known it throughout an active life, thus putting on record characters, scenes and local happenings which might otherwise be lost.
He writes simply of the development of textiles firms in the Valley, tells us about the Crowthers, the Firths, the Broadbents and a dozen other families whose stories are bound up with the progress of Marsden, Slaithwaite, Linthwaite, Golcar and Scammonden. His very simplicity of style, mixed with a native shrewdness, makes very page a vivid record of a people at home, at work, and ad play.
This is the country of Phyllis Bentley’s novel “Inheritance.” The service which Mr. Lockwood has done is that of laying bare the lives of working people, with their names, dates and achievements given and indexed. As Viscount Snowden writes in his foreword to the book, Colne Valley sent its contingent to Peterloo, led the Luddites rioting and was a hot-bed of Chartism. Its political importance is as great as its commercial, and the book therefore has direct appeal not only to local folk but to those “far beyond the stone cottages on the bleak and rugged hillsides of the Valley.