On 13th November 1868 Burnley elected its first Member of Parliament.
He was Richard Shaw, a Burnley solicitor and businessman who represented
the Liberal Party.
His Conservative opponent was General Scarlett,
who lived at Bank Hall and worshipped at St. Peter’s. He
had led the successful charge of the Heavy Brigade at the Battle
of Balaclava during the
Sir James Yorke Scarlett.