Nostalgic memories of Burton in Lonsdale's local history

Share your own memories of Burton in Lonsdale and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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During the week the second world war ended (not sure whether it was (VE or VJ) I was camping in the village with a party of Girl Guides from Keighley, West Yorks. We were led by Miss Clough who was the Keighley Commissioner for Guides and the camp was down on the river side. We arrived by coach and I remember (...Read full memory)

I was born in the village in 1949, in an end terrace No.1 Woodview. It was down a small road in the centre of the village and at the top, I believe at one time there was a timber yard/sawmill. The cottages at the top of the ‘yard’ were called Sawmill Cottages and my grandmother Annie (...Read full memory)

My great grand mother was born in 1890 and lived in Burton in Lonsdale all her 83 years. She was my guardian after my father died (Jim Coates) at the young age of 21 in 1969. My grandmother married Joseph Wright and lost him to the Great War. She had two daughters with (...Read full memory)

The Punch Bowl pub is in danger of closing and the village is bidding to buy it from Thwaites Brewery. Please share your happy memories of this, the last pub in the village.

I was a child at Burton School, it was great. I moved in year 3, it was scary. I moved to Bentham, I hated it, there was loads of children and it was much bigger.

Growing up in burton was fantastic, all the children of the village would play together and spend their days wandering freely, only going home to eat. Just the way it should be. The local vicar at the time was the Reverend Charles Trevor who had a large family, Susan, Chris, Clare, Andrew who was my age, (...Read full memory)

Miss Mawson died in 2011 and was an infant teacher at Burton in Lonsdale C of E Primary School. She had a teaching assistant called Mrs Willson. They were both very kind and caring people but now Miss Mawson is replaced by Mrs Gill.

My grandfather Ernest Harrison was born in Burton in Lonsdale in 1880 to John Parker Harrison a master tailor one of 3 boys and 12 girls (some died young). My grandfather told us of a time when he skated on a local pond with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest's sister was a post mistress in Burton and (...Read full memory)

I lived in Burton from 1948 until 1966. I have such fond memories of the village as it was then. There were a group of lads that I was part of viz. Brian Bradshaw, Stewart Salrein, Roger Taylor, Anthony Blundell and we were then the scourge of the village (as much as you were allowed to be a scourge). The local (...Read full memory)

My gt gt granmother Ann Brennan wife of Thomas (buried in the churchyard) and her daughter Margaret (nee Lodge) Fletcher, wife of John, on the 1871 census they lived next door to each other in 26 and 27 just says Burton. In 1861 Ann and Thomas Brennan are living at 23 High Street, (...Read full memory)