20th Century Burnley.

By the first decade of the century, the population of Burnley had reached over 100,000. World War I and the depression of the 1920s and 30s led to a decline in the textile industry. As a result the population fell and new industries had to be introduced. After World War II Burnley’s cotton industry all but disappeared.

In 1901, as a result of the Burnley Rectory Act of 1890, the first Suffragan Bishop of Burnley was appointed. From then until 1977 St. Peter’s was the only parish in the country whose Rector was also a Bishop.

St Peter’s in the early 20th century.

The porch had been added in 1889. The clergy vestry was built in 1903-4.



Inside the church the south and west galleries were removed in 1903-4. Finally the north gallery was taken down in 1957.


Burnley from Clock Tower Mill.

It was only during Burnley Fair holiday that the hills could be seen. The rest of the time the town was covered with a pall of smoke.


St. James’s Street c.1910.

Electric trams had been introduced in 1901. There had been steam trams in Burnley since 1881 but they had been very unreliable