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Burnley Synopsis

The historic array of old photographs of Burnley has been selected by the author from the extensive collection held at Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum. These old images are sure to evoke strong memories for many and show newcomers and the younger generation how things used to be in Burnley. From rapid growth created by the textile industry to the development of various local government and social concerns such as the Victoria Hospital and the art gallery and museum at Towneley Hall, the photographs illustrate some of the many changes that have taken place between 1850 and 1960. Local characters are also documented, including the 'demon cyclist' from Rosegrove and 'Long de Dong' the match seller. Contemporary descriptions and people's memories highlight the scenes, revealing local attitudes and the local sense of humour. This selection, which includes many previously unpublished photographs, pays tribute to the way this fascinating town has been shaped over the years. It is certain to interest anyone who has fond memories of the town, while providing a tantalising glimpse into the recent past for those who are less well acquainted with the Burnley of yesteryear.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752415666
Publication date: 1st March 1999
Author: Mike Townend
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Categories: Local history, Travel & holiday guides,

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