Burnley: A Pictorial History (Pictorial History Series)

Burnley: A Pictorial History (Pictorial History Series)
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Burnley! A town to be proud of! And not only for the fact that its football team managed to get into the Premiership for the 2014/15 season. Burnley has a great past. It could have a great future but that will take enormous energy and imagination. Is it there? I don't know. I lived there for fourteen years and love the place, but it's sad to see so much decline from its former glory.

Once the cotton weaving capital of the world, its mill chimneys have mostly gone, its Lancashire boilers and looms sold off for scrap, and its weaving sheds turned into warehouses which then in turn have closed.
And yet ...!

Just as there has been a great past, which this book describes so well, there can be a great future. After decades during which central government left East Lancashire isolated from the motorway network it now for some years has had the M65. Is it too late to recover from that bureacratic sabotage in favour of the Central Lancashire New Town. I hope not. A leading Lancashire Labour politician many years ago said to me quietly, well away from local political ears, "The problem with East Lancashire is its down at heel mentality". Is it recovering? I hope so. Will its old confidence and pride be rebuilt? I hope so.

One big asset is the glorious countryside surrounding the towns. Tourism potential exists. Much more could be made of Towneley Hall and Gawthorpe Hall, not to mention industrial history tourism. Other industries have emerged. Just read this book from Brian Hall and Ken Spencer and, in addition to looking back, look forward ... with hope.

Burnley: A Pictorial History is twenty years old now, is only slim, and apart from a short introduction is largely made up of photographs each of whch has a brief paragraph associated with it. However, to my mind it is still the best easily available on its subject. There was John Lowe's much more comprehensive Burnley in 1985 and recently more photographic history from Jack Nadin. The former is very hard to find and the latter is of a different kind.  When, I wonder, will someone produce a Volume 5 of Bennett's The History of Burnley; volume 4 was published in 1951; there's a lot happened since then. 

See also: Jack Nadin, Burnley Cotton Mills.

Key Product Details

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0850338662
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • Publication Year: 1993
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd
  • Title: Burnley: A Pictorial History (Pictorial History Series)

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