Burnley Civic Trust Heritage Image Collection
In 2016 Burnley Civic Trust was gifted the Burnley Express Newspaper Archive by Johnston Press.

The archive is extensive and we aim to make as many of these images available online as soon as possible.

We have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project and photographs of the Gannow area can now be viewed at Gannow Community Centre until the end of the year.
OCTOBER 2021 **GOOD NEWS** UPDATE: Our archive rooms are now open to a restricted number of volunteers who have been vaccinated. We have taken a cautious and gradual approach and the majority of volunteers are now hard at work again. PENDLE AND WEST CRAVEN images in the Surrounding Districts pages will also now include images from 1963 to 1970 which are scanned from negatives (in addition to those scanned from photographs). These image stories are being transcribed from Nelson Library newspaper film rolls.


50 Years Ago

St James's garden seen from the top of Curzon Street multi-storey car stack. In the bottom left of the picture are the new picnic tables.

A garden in the heart of Burnley, due to mature in 100 years' time, is being born. This week work teams from the town's Parks Department were planting trees in the area around the church spire of St James' the Great. Welsh-born forester Mr John Coles, in charge of the site adjoining Curzon Street multi-storey car stack told us. "Whoever started this, whether a councillor or an official had some foresight. It will become a green oasis in the heart of Burnley." The trees being planted were 3 sycamores, a lime, 3 robinas, 3 mountain ash (one an unusual Chinese version) and 4 silver birch.

Already in the gardens are holly, witch elm and thorn. Underplanting will include climbing roses and heather. A town hall spokesman said yesterday that it was unofficially being called St James's Garden at present. It is hoped that an official opening will take place. Among the amenities already there are four six-sided picnic tables, and timber benches will be put in when the better weather comes.

St James' Garden, Bethesda Street

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group