Burnley, Manchester Road 1952

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Caption for Burnley, Manchester Road 1952: When this view was taken, Manchester Road was a much more important shopping street than it is today. On the right, just above the Trustee Savings Bank, is the New Day furniture store; the building is now occupied by the 'Burnley Express'. On the other side of Bull Street (right of photograph) is the Big Window public house, one of Burnley's best known inns, and in that row were Bulcock's the ironmongers and Bowker's the tobacconist. On the other side of the road, the building with the RAC sign was the Savoy Cinema, the first in Burnley to screen a complete sound film, 'The Singing Fool'. Beyond the Midland Bank other businesses included Shee & Kennedy's, Burnley's principal tailors, the Café Royal and Restaurant, and Kate Barnes, which was well known for its ladies' gowns.

An extract from Burnley Town and City Memories.

Memories of Burnley


This is more of a request for information really. I am a Wiseman living in Derbyshire and my Grandfather was born in Burnley and his father too. I was always lead to believe that one of my ancesters was a councillor and maybe lord mayor of Burnley and had Wiseman Street named after him. I have no further info on the matter (...Read full memory)

Ormerod House passed out of the Ormerod family when the male line died out and the three daughters of the last Ormerod married. Their husbands were John Hargreaves, a local coal mine owner, the Rev William Thursby who became vicar of the local church and General Scarlett who led the Charge of the Heavy Brigade to retake (...Read full memory)

I worked here as a Plater for about 1yr.Not a good memory.They sacked me for taking time off to join the RAF so I joined the RAF.Best move I ever made.

I've just read about a man who worked at Platers and Stampers for a year and hated it. I worked at Hapton Valley Pit for 2 years and in that time helped to carry out 3 dead bodies on separate occasions. I decided that it was not for me and decided also to join the RAF in late 1955. After 38 years of the RAF I retired with (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Burnley, Manchester Road 1952: When this view was taken, Manchester Road was a much more important shopping street than it is today. On the right, just above the Trustee Savings Bank, is the New Day furniture store; the building is now occupied by the 'Burnley Express'. On the other side of Bull Street (right of photograph) is the Big Window public house, one of Burnley's best known inns, and in that row were Bulcock's the ironmongers and Bowker's the tobacconist. On the other side of the road, the building with the RAC sign was the Savoy Cinema, the first in Burnley to screen a complete sound film, 'The Singing Fool'. Beyond the Midland Bank other businesses included Shee & Kennedy's, Burnley's principal tailors, the Café Royal and Restaurant, and Kate Barnes, which was well known for its ladies' gowns.

An extract from Burnley Town and City Memories.

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